On Celebrating Mediocrity

On why high-fives all round is not the appropriate response to a failure

One frustrating aspect to operating within the software industry for me is our propensity to celebrate mediocrity, or in the more extreme form the celebration of outright quantifiable failure. In a mediocre organization, everyone is a winner. It reminds me of this scene from one of my favorite movies "The Incredibles":

The problem with this mindset is that it allows us to gloss over failures, which removes the opportunity to actually threat a failure as a learning opportunity.

It's okay to fail if you learn from it. It's not okay to celebrate your failures. I will leave you with one final thought on this from another of my favorite movies "Mad Max: Fury Road":


John Collins

I have been writing about web technology and software development since 2001. I am the developer of the Alpha Framework for PHP. I love open source, technology, and economics. You can follow updates from this blog on Twitter.

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