You-Read-It-Here-First Forum Index You-Read-It-Here-First
A collection of textual novelties
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 
If you want to read the articles here, go ahead, just click on a forum and find a thread that interests you...no need to register! If you want to post something... either new or in response to someone here, then click the Register link above. It's free... and it's fun to write your ideas here. You can even create a "blog" by starting a personal thread in the Daily Life Every Thread A Diary section...

The 2% Rule

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    You-Read-It-Here-First Forum Index -> Units of Measurement
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
brian-hansen
Site Admin


Joined: 17 Mar 2006
Posts: 712
Location: Oregon

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:43 pm    Post subject: The 2% Rule Reply with quote

I've often heard about the 80/20 rule (or perhaps its the 20/80 rule),
in which, it is said, 80% of the X comes from 20% of the Y.

So, for instance, 80% of the usage of features in a computer program
comes from 20% of the features.

What this rule suggests is not sweating the small stuff, making your
efforts directed toward the things that really matter.

Still, if you've got the "big stuff" under control, you might as well
tackle the little stuff as well. The 2% rule is a suggestion for a
cut-off of refining the small stuff. If you are working to get that
last 2% of sales, or efficiency, you're probably missing out on
a lot of other opportunities.

Another example in software applications. We'd all like them to
be perfect: clear, concise, fast, understandable, effective, etc.
But how much effort should be expended on those last little quirks?
The awkward phrasing of a sentence on a help page, it says
"press return" when my keyboard names it "enter", 4 steps involved
in reformatting a paragraph instead of 3 steps, and so on.

As I write this, it almost sounds like heresy. Lately, I've been
very critical of the quality of software applications I've been using.
But this is in an entirely different thing. I'd love it if these applications
worked at a 98% level.

In summary, if you are looking at undertaking efforts to address
those factors that contribute less than 2% to the overall quality
of the undertaking, take a rest, look around, and see if there isn't
something else to do.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Visit the Instant Postcard Collection @ http://instant-postcard-collection.com
Looking for postcards of that favorite place? Family origins? Or that perfect vacation, except for the photos?
Researching your dissertation? Serious collector? Just looking for something neat?
You've found the right place to add to your existing collection, or to start a new one.
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    You-Read-It-Here-First Forum Index -> Units of Measurement All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group