Imagine you go to the most popular Swiss Hotel and you see a board like one above? Perplexing maybe. Unfair perhaps. But that is life!
I came across an interesting photograph and I have adapted it using the diagram from the Wikipedia. We all want our services, our purchases and our deals to be Good, Cheap and Fast. Good signifies quality, Cheap defines the price and the Fast signifies the turnaround time for the goods.
Nature is very cruel. Perhaps that is why it has allowed man to get a glimpse of thermodynamics, which tells us order costs and disorder is easy. There is always a tradeoff. An 8 GB hard disk will have a usable space of perhaps 7.8GB. It has ruthlessly employed the concept of efficiency and 100% is always a myth.
Here too we cannot hope to have the G, C & F together. We can choose two at any time. As the diagram depicts, Good and Fast is not Cheap, Good and Cheap is not Fast, and finally Cheap and Fast is not Good.
No wonder we have phrases like quick and dirty, Beta release, Proof of Concept and so on.
In this internet world, my reading suggests that often we are ready to compromise on Good and focus on Cheap and Fast. Agile movement is one thing that comes to my mind. Remember that the Agile movement does not condone a bad job. It only says change will happen hence keep improving. The only point is that Good is achieved through the execution of many cycles or should I say many sprints of Cheap and Fast
It takes years to get to make G C F a tangible set and perhaps you never will and that is why the centre of the figure is null. Even nature is trying its best since the days of the Big Bang and beyond perhaps?