Daily Archives: December 5, 2014

A rant: just because it ain’t broke doesn’t mean it can’t be improved…

In the last few days, it seems I’ve heard too many people say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Enough that I’m hereby launching a rant.

There are things that aren’t broken that still can be improved.
There are things that you think aren’t broken, but that’s because you’re being willfully blind to the need to fix them.
There are even things that you and I both think are broken and in need of fixing.

If people genuinely thought unbroken things shouldn’t be changed, we’d still be hunters and gatherers, wandering the land in search of the next meal.

Yes, the definition of a problem is important. If you’re going to take a system that appears to be working reasonably well, you should definitely start by figuring out why you want to make changes and what you want to change and how you are going to start making those changes. Not to mention when you’re going to start.

But really, denying the need to change is a really piss-poor place to start.