On Celebrating Mediocrity

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

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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":

Mediocre

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John Collins

I have been writing about web technology and software development since 2001. I am the developer of the Alpha Framework for PHP, and the Five.Today personal productivity app. I love open source, technology, and economics.