Objectives and Goalposts

Within the iciness, I hatched a obscure plan to be told one of the crucial fashionable unmanned aerial car tech. Everyone wishes an self reliant car, and we’ve were given some excellent flying fields inside of strolling distance, so it gave the impression love it may paintings. Being me, that intended purchasing the most affordable equipment that might be able to paintings, increase the airplane on my own, and in most cases understanding up to imaginable alongside the way in which. I be informed extra by means of making my very own errors anyway. Feels like a excellent summer time undertaking.

Speedy-forward to August, and the airplane is constructed, controller put in, and I’ve spent lots of the ultimate month looking to cause them to paintings neatly in combination. (The firmware expects a airplane with ailerons, and mine doesn’t have them, however it sounds as if I’d moderately tweak PID values than just upload a pair wing servos.) However it’s running neatly sufficient that it’s launching, flying self reliant waypoint missions, and coming house with none intervention. So, venture completed, proper?

Vacation spot: that furthest crimson roof

Nope. After I’m taking part in a undertaking, I’ve some way of shifting the goalposts on myself. I imply, I don’t actually wish to be completed anyway. When a chum requested me a pair weeks in the past what I used to be planning on doing with the airplane, I mentioned “take great aerial movies of that farm over there.” Now I see flight alternatives far and wide, and wish to paintings on my talents. The airplane wanted an OLED show. It most certainly nonetheless wishes Bluetooth for native configuration as neatly. Possibly a greater long-range information hyperlink…

That is creeping featurism and moving-the-goalposts in the most efficient of how. And if this had been a undertaking with a closing date, or one that I weren’t merely taking part in, it will be an issue. As an alternative, having reasonably low-key targets, assembly them, and allowing them to encourage me to set the following ones has been a blast. It makes me call to mind Donald Papp’s nice article on developing hacking “win” initiatives. There he suggests developing easy targets to stay your self impressed. I don’t assume I can have deliberate out an “optimum” set of targets to start with — I’ve discovered an excessive amount of alongside the way in which that the following objective isn’t obtrusive till I do know what new features I’ve. Creeping is the one manner.

What about you? Do you intend your interest initiatives totally upfront? On no account? Or do you might have some roughly hybrid, moving-the-goalposts form of technique?