My work often involves designing, or redesigning business or IT systems. One of my pet peeves during the design and implementation is optimizing to early. It has been my experience that until the process has revealed itself to you through familiarity and repetitive use optimizing is pointless, you simply don’t know enough to know *what* to optimize. I learned an expression after moving to Texas, “Picking flyshit out of pepper” which is often what you wind up doing. This entry from A Pattern Language (one of my favorite books of to return to to prompt thought) seems to be an expression of the same idea. Don’t spend to much time strengthening things and setting them in stone until you know they are where you want them.
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