The Principle of Good Enough
I worry that I’m often seen as too willing to compromise on projects,
saying “Ship it! It’s good enough!” This might seem like a tendency
toward the mediocre, but it’s not. Sometimes, good enough is just
POGE: The Principle of Good Enough.
“Without POGE we would have no TCP/IP, no HTTP, no HTML, no SMTP. In
other words, no Net, no Web, no Net-based email. POGE also accounts
for the success of XML and Linux. It’s why XML-RPC moved faster than
Later, he says:
“One advantage of POGE is gradual improvement. From their beginnings,
all members of the LAMP suite (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Python,
Perl, PostgreSQL) have been triumphantly adequate efforts."
I think I could accept “Triumphantly adequate,” were it just a step
along the way to something better.