Good, Fast, Cheap? Choose any two.
For a time, I worked in a metal cutting machine shop. The boss had a sign on his door that read: "Good, Fast, Cheap: Choose any two!
What does this mean? When people approach the machine shop to have some parts made, they generally want the parts to be Good (precision made), Fast (they want the parts delivered yesterday), and Cheap (because who wants to pay a lot, right?).
The boss explained that you can choose any two:
- You can have it Good and Fast (but it won't be Cheap).
- You can have it Fast and Cheap (but it won't be Good).
- You can have it Good and Cheap (but it won't be Fast -- in fact, you'll probably wait for months until the shop has nothing better to do).
One of these days, I'll write more articles about the adventures that take place in a metal-cutting machine shop.
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