Shut Up and Develop

In addition to writing this blog, I also write a fairly popular blog called GuitarGear. To write that blog, I interact a lot on various forums, and meet other guitarists. Especially in the forums, there’s lots of debate about which pedal or amp or guitar – what have you – works in a particular situation. Some of the threads go on for several pages. Invariably though, someone will pipe in and say something to the effect of, “Just shut up and play.”

Sometimes I feel like saying this when I’m in meetings with fellow geeks and a side debate starts on some topic; especially on the merits of one technical direction vs. another. In the best of cases, these discussions/debates yield a good direction; actually, in the end, they almost always yield a direction. But invariably, that direction could’ve been arrived at in a much shorter span of time. I think that part of the problem, especially with well-established teams is that everyone’s comfortable with each other. That’s both a good thing and a bad thing. It’s good that you can rely on your work mates, but that comfort can dangerously lead to losing “the edge” of urgency to deliver as you belabor points. The plain fact of the matter is that we have product to build; we shouldn’t be wasting time on trivialities. So shut up and develop!

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