Garbage In, Garbage Out
27 July 2009
“I don’t eat junk food, and I don’t think junk thoughts.” – Mildred Lisette Norman
The quality of the input you use always has an impact on the quality of the output.
- If you build an object from poor quality materials, that object will be unattractive and unreliable.
- If you analyze poor quality data, the resulting analysis will be worthless at best, and at worst misleading or damaging.
- If you eat a lot of junk food and don’t move around much, you’ll feel apathetic instead of energetic.
- If the people working on a project aren’t skilled or excited, the end result will inevitably suffer.
The solution is straightforward: if you don’t want garbage when you’re done, don’t use garbage when you begin. To improve your results, improve the quality of what you start with.
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