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Monday, December 28th, 2009
Posted in Advice by Joel Gross

To be successful, how precise do you need to be?

When you are building a house, should all of the wood be cut to within an inch, 1/10 of an inch, 1/100th of an inch or even 1/1000th of an inch? At what point do you begin to make your project take longer than its worth by being to precise?

Many businesspeople I have worked with in the past have fallen on the side of being too precise about small things while missing the big picture.  They spend $100,000 optimizing their SQL database to be perfectly efficient, when it only costs $2,000 to buy a new server to make their code run just as quickly.

Are you focusing on precision to the detriment of your business goals?