Extravagance Vs. Excellence

Another reminder from Scott McClellan from Collide Magazine. He reminds of something very simple: extravagance is NOT a synonym for excellence. How many times do we get caught in that trap? It’s easy to get caught up in that “cool” thing and think just because it’s crazy awesome that it’s excellent for a given situation and context.

As a guy who loves technology, I fight this demon often. Assuming that a high-ticket option will give us “better,” that a complex solution will give us “better,” when excellence isn’t really a function of cost/complexity/extravagance. I find that often times the most elegant solutions to issues we handle are often quite simple and direct. Like Scott says, “excellence” does not preclude “extravagant” but the two are not the same thing.

How do you deal with this tension?

Here’s Scott’s Article.

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