Last week, my motto unexpectedly became “good enough, fast enough” *. I found myself saying it quite a lot in response to a flurry of requests for bits of work with very very short deadlines. These are things that are important AND urgent … so adequate today is better than impeccable next week. As long as it does the job, that’s fine.
This, then is “good enough” not in the sense of “hell, it’s due today – this will have to do!”, but in the sense that it does what it needs to do, and you have the space to improve as you go, and the routes for feedback to tell you how to improve.
It strikes me that this is not how local government traditionally functions – certainly not how we are perceived to function, anyway. Agile is the newest buzzword, but something designed for technical/modular is going to be a tough sell for an industry founded on service/process. Not impossible … just not easy. This will be uncomfortable new ground for many people.
It’s also going to be a breeding ground for jargonauts – this is our idea of fun, remember.
*apart from a brief flirtation with “therapy llamas”, but that’s another story.