Good better best?

I have a love of quotations and sayings and am curious to see what people have hanging up on the wall in the office cubicle, on the fridge or even in a decorative frame for those who are really inspired. Go Dilbert!. One favourite of mine is by Samuel Butler 'Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises'. Perhaps the language is a little old world, but I think it still rings true today.

I was talking to an interior designer this morning who said that there are huge time pressures on fitout projects that really limit the amount of time they can hold back before committing to different parts of the design. That particular team had had positive experience on a recent project we had worked on together where the managers were good decision makers. The idea of 'Safety in Design' asks us to be risk averse, but as the risk of poor consequences of bad decisions becomes greater, the result can be analysis paralysis which may be bad for business.

The legislation now puts more even more onus on anticipating issues and managing them ahead of time. The problem is that it there is so much going on that you can only make sense of it often after the issue has occurred. We seem to be well past the point where the test of the 'reasonable person' serves us well as there is simply too much information to put together in a design scenario to make sure that all possible issues are anticipated and accounted for. 'Reasonable' works when looking backwards, but not so well when looking forwards. Taking a 'prospective' view is a complex challenge. There are some interesting discussions on the idea of enoughness which are worth a read. Food for thought for those of us who have tendencies to perfectionism (which my GP labels as an illness!).