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Perfectionists Anonymous

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June 16, 2012 10:00 AM

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Do you ever find that your need for things to be perfect is holding you back from completing tasks, even simple ones? Do you have a backlog of projects that you mean to start, but never get round to because you want to get them ‘just right’? Have you ever given up learning something due to the frustration that you weren’t grokking it fast enough? Ever procrastinated for hours or even days over a niggly detail because the current solution just didn’t feel right? If so, then you might just be suffering from the adverse effects of perfectionism. Don’t worry though, you are not alone!

We are Erin O’Brien and Alan Gardner, and we are perfectionists.

We will use the latest research on perfectionistic cognitions and behaviors to discuss the pros and cons of being a perfectionist, specifically as it relates to software development. We’ll look at small changes you can make to avoid the pitfalls, and discuss how you can turn perfectionism to your advantage.

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