A writer friend of mine tweeted “I’ll take finished over perfect any day.” I hovered over “retweet” as I weighed the message. What does that say about me if I retweet it? Does it say I’m lazy or efficient? From a writing standpoint – there’s no point in editing something down to perfection if it’s not complete, better to finish and have a product to work with than battle over the choice of “an” or “the” in the first sentence.
From a membership management software standpoint, will you ever find perfection? Will you ever find the product that fits your business processes to a tee, no alterations required? You might, if you build it yourself around your own processes and absorb all of that expense and time within your organization. Even if you hire an outside group to customize it for you, there will be endless meetings, planning sessions and project management required. And what is the cost of the downtime to your organization; the time that you could’ve had your software in place, a new website, a community for private use? If you complete the project six months or a year from now, did you lose anything in that time? Potential members? Conversations? Cost-savings and time-savings behind having to manually run your events or dues processing? Read the rest of this entry »