Then, in the end, the project finds equilibrium between brilliant and horrible, and reaches a status of "ok". I've found myself frustrated with this process in the past but seeing this graphic and having long conversations with friends and colleagues assures me that this cycle is normal for all of us. It's ok.
What do you think? What's the shape to your project?
Here's the full link to the blog entry from which I snagged this little graphic: the shape of days Happy Saturday!