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Gen Petraeus made a great comment about what the expectation is for Afghanistan. Gen Petraeus said "We're not trying to turn Afghanistan into Switzerland in 5 years or less." I guess, for Afghanistan some basic governance goals like law and order, peace and lesser corruption would be "good enough" for the medium term -say 5 years.
The concept of "good enough" is not Six Sigma perfection ( turning Afghanistan to Switzerland !) and it is certainly not low quality "anything goes." It is that tipping point which provides value to all stakeholders at an acceptable cost.Seth Godin calls this "shipping" in his book Linchpin.
We all tend to get into the "perfectionist" mode and in the process are not able to produce or deliver. In fact, we tend to get frozen into inaction!
Aiming for "good enough" at least keeps projects moving in the right direction at good speed. Things tend to get done…