Yak shaving considered harmful

a yakDon’t shave that yak!” I know lots of IT people who enjoy shaving yaks. Instead of solving a problem, they spend ages building tools to solve the problem for them, but never actually manage to solve the original problem. In fact, they get so bogged down in tool building that they end up building better tools to shave the yak. These are the people who keep sharpening the saw until there’s nothing left. Build tools, but find the balance between solving your problem and tool building for its own sake.

2005.03.14