A while back I blogged about clean starts. Basically, I said that, sometimes, you need a clean start to recover from a bad situation. After having given this some more thought, I have realized that what actually matters is the feeling of a clean start. Perhaps, in some cases, the only way to create that feeling is to do a full-blown clean start, scrapping everything and starting over (of course drawing from experiences gained the last time) – but generally, I think you can achieve the feeling of a clean start by far simpler, and cheaper means.

For instance, for a software project that feeling could be created by taking a timeout to discuss what’s wrong and find a new strategy – in which case the most important thing is that everybody agrees on that strategy. Clean starts can’t be forced upon people.

Sometimes a clean start can actually destroy the dynamics of the environment in question, as in the case of unslumming of cities (at least according to Jane Jacobs).

The above was posted to my personal weblog on May 2, 2003. My name is Peter Lindberg and I am a thirtysomething software developer and dad living in Stockholm, Sweden. Here, you’ll find posts in English and Swedish about whatever happens to interest me for the moment.


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