The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left hand side of the studio would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced. All those on the right hand side would be graded solely on quality. We can learn a lot from what happened next...

The grading system was simple: On the final day of class he would bring in a bathroom scales and weigh the work of the "quantity" group. 50 pound pots scored an "A", 40 pound pots scored a "B" and so on. No marks for broken pots. Those graded solely on quality needed to produce only one pot, albeit a perfect one, to get an "A".

At grading time a curious fact emerged. The works of the highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the "quantity" group was busily churning out piles of work -- and learning from their mistakes -- the "quality" group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

-- Bill Buxton, "Sketching User Experiences" via contrast

This makes sense. Theory can provide a basis, but you don't learn from your experiences until you've had experiences. -- Cal