Jul 18, 2015

Did "Cult of Done" break MakerBot?

Bre Pettis is not only known for his work on Makerbot. In his early days he published a "Cult of Done Manifesto". It was very much considered the Maker movement philosophy praised by some important movement figures, community sites and regular hobbyists as their motivational motto. I even liked it very much.

But, while you can use it to develop a great DIY project can one use it as guiding philosophy for a large cooperation? Probably not. Obviously not.

When you look at the list of Makerbots problems including the last class action lawsuit about knowingly shipping machines with faulty extruders it makes you wander about how strong was Cult of Done ingrained into Makerbots corporate culture.

Here is the Cult of done manifesto:
  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  3. There is no editing stage.
  4. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
  5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  7. Once you're done you can throw it away.
  8. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
  9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  11. Destruction is a variant of done.
  12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  13. Done is the engine of more.

How big of a role has this philosophy played in creating problems for MakerBot? We will never know, but there is some strong suspicion.

Original post on Bre's blog:


It took Bre 20 minutes to write it according to his claims.

Other articles about the cult manifesto:




I first saw this theory in g+ post of Arthur Wolf. Thnx for reminding us Arthur!