What Do We Mean By "Done"?

Ever think about levels of doneness?

Chefs do. Software developers do. Project managers do, too.

In my first job in the Training field, I worked closely with ISD (instructional systems design) specialists who had come into the nuclear power field from the U.S. Navy. They were a merry bunch.

One of the things they used to joke about was "levels of doneness." I wish I could recall their way of categorizing the levels (maybe someone will leave a comment?), but there were at least three:

~ Done: At this level, you stick a fork in the cake and, if it comes out clean, you take it out of the oven.

~ Done Done: At this level, you box the cake and deliver it to the customer.

~ Done Done Done: At this level, the customer has a big happy smile on his face as he orders another cake.

All done means the case is closed, the matter is put to rest, and you are off to something new.

In your line of work, how do you know when something is done?

Posted by Terrence Seamon, Oct 5, 2007


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