"I don't care how long things take. Failure is to be celebrated - that is how we learn ... We invest in and rejoice in failure, and we stick at it. I learned from each of my mistakes. That's how I came up with a solution."
Many people think I am a perfectionist, but I don't see myself that way. Things must be as good as possible - but that doesn't require perfection at stage one. This quote states my thoughts about software development and programming very well:
"'Perfect' is in fact the completely wrong word to use. You start with a goal and you make the best possible version you can make at that moment. You give the customer the best available at that moment, and then you set another goal and start working on it again."
He may invent and engineer vacuums and other mechanical devices, but his words make good sense for software architecture as well.