Let's have some fun together! I created a little 4-minute exercise you need to complete.
I'm writing about imperfections and perfectionism since my post #25, and it's interesting to see it's now a topic of the week!
Speaking of QA, usually only relatively large companies have them. And we daily use products that are created by these companies, while they make millions or even billions by selling these products to us. Can we say that they are perfect? Even apps made by Google and computers made by Apple have bugs, not convenient or unintuitive solutions, malfunctions and other kinds of imperfections. However, their solutions still work for us!
Think about everything that surrounds us. I see a book on my table. Is it perfect? No: if it gets wet — its pages will become wavy, if I pull a page too hard — it will be torn, if my flat will be set on fire — it will burn... you see what I'm getting at. “But you are not supposed to do these things with a book!” you will say. Why do you believe this to be true? Who told you I shouldn't accidentally spill water on my book? Who told you that a book shouldn't survive a fire? The stereotypes dictate these beliefs, of course. We just believe the books are all like this.
Telling me that I'm not supposed to do that to books is the same as telling people 123456 is a weak password. Most of people believe it to be true, but still 10% use it as their password. It reminds me of a known input type problem. You can't prevent people from writing “June” instead of “06” in the Month field in your form. You can only embrace this human stochasticity and solve for that. The same logic could be applied to everything you are trying to be perfect at.
Let's have some fun! Just look around yourself and find things that you love or simply use daily. Now throw away all the prejudice and stereotypes and try to find imperfections in one of them. I'm sure you can create a huge list of what this thing is not perfect for. In fact, this list should be endless — one thing could have an infinite number of imperfections. So limit your time of focused searching for flaws to two minutes. Write down everything, even ideas that seem to be crazy.
After the list of imperfections is complete, try to find what this thing is perfect for. Limit your time to two minutes again. Write down even things that this thing is not usually used for. After that compare two lists. Which one is longer?
I'm very curious to know what your lists look like, so write them down in the comments! For each comment I'll do this exercise and reply with my lists too!