When 3 < 1


Black versus White

Could it be? Is there really a time when more can be less? Yes…at least when it comes to results, performance and productivity that is. Bear with me here.

A very talented and experienced software engineer once gave me some advice on the topic of partnering with the right people. In a very simple and to-the-point kind of manner, he told me that one great programmer could do the same amount of work, if not more, than that of three good programmers. So with this example, throwing more people (resources) at a project doesn’t necessarily mean better/faster development (results).

Ever known somebody like that? A person that you knew could handle anything, do it without a team of assistants and still manage to get in done in less time than needed. Moral of the story…while the RIGHT person may require more resources and be more difficult to get on board…in the end, they’ll end up accomplishing more than three other good individuals combined. LESS is MORE…think GREAT, not GOOD.

And this post is not just about people…but about many other areas as well.  MORE money, MORE hardware, MORE marketing…instead, think of the RIGHT solution to your problem, the RIGHT strategy for your target market, the RIGHT approach to your social work.  Case in point, quality > quantity.

4 Responses

  1. Very good point. Has this come into play a few times so far with everything you guys are up to?

  2. Court…definitely man! We’ve been blessed to be working with some stellar people! That being said, we’ve also made our fair share of mistakes…see my most recent entry for some light into that.

  3. Barack Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope,” contains a appealing title. It has an idea of bravery mixed with confidence. There is nothing Pollyanna about it. I will not support every little thing he says, but he’s our president, and then for me, he inspires trust. Which could do more for just a region than any number of backroom deals. Hope gives us energy, and energy sustains us through trying times. Boy, we’ve had them. I’m from West Texas, and I did not vote for Bush. When McCain ran against Obama, I was a citizen of Arizona, but I gave audacious hope a chance. The fight for progress and laying the foundations of prosperity isn’t over. I have come across the quips of those that don’t believe Obama can do it. But step back a moment. Would anyone have most of us fail in order to tarnish the star of an incumbent for whom they did not vote? Keeping our priorities straight, let’s work together with our president and build our future.

  4. Excellent post. Hope to see even more excellent posts in the near future.

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