Jan 25 2011

When Saying Yes Means Seppuku

I’m the kind of person that wants to say yes to everything. “Can we add this new feature without a specification in a day?” “Yes” Saying yes is so easy, and a lot of of the times doing the work is easy too. But the trouble with saying yes to quickly is that not everything is thought out, finalized, or formalized accordingly. Sometimes the best answer is not yes. Many times the easiest thing is saying yes, but it’s doing something right takes time and that time should can not be speed up. A key ingredient to any recipe is time. You need to give everything the time to simmer, like wise in a software project you have to have the time to test accordingly, and to follow established processes. Sometimes saying yes is negotiating kamikaze.