Often the hardest task’s hardest task is completion.


When does a painter know when the painting is complete? When does the composer know when the music is as good as it will be? The creator of a work can become miserable trying to understand when their task is complete. Sometimes they believe it is never complete and release their creation into the world. We read, listen, look at, examine, enjoy (or not), recommend (or not), but to us it is usually seen as a complete work.

Some release their work and allow the audience to complete it themselves.

Implementation is tough. Completion can be tougher. Yet it requires implementation.

I was talking with a friend recently about the completion of a project he had been working on for several years. He was desperate to finish it, but there was no actual deadline. Funding was already a problem, but not to the extent that it was forcing him to stop. But he knew he had to move on to other things.

What he had failed to understand was that some works are never fully completed.

A cycle can be completed (more or less)

  • for example Creation –> moves onto another cycle –>
  • for example Distribution –> which moves onto another cycle –>
  • for example Consumption –> to another cycle –>
  • for example Repair –>  to another cycle –>
  • for example Re-Distribution …

… but you have to complete the cycle and your activity in the whole process needs to be limited to what needs to be done.

  • For example Creation –> Delivery –> Repair –> Delivery –> Repair and Improve –> Delivery –> End Support

A massive ship does not stop dead in the water because the captain commands it. There needs to be preparation and implementation.

And a project can be the same.

Unless you are on BBC Radio, because when the pips sound, time’s up.

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