Player A and Player B are partners in this game. Player A “serves” an idea for perfection to Player B. Player B “returns the serve” by perfecting the idea. Players “paddle” the idea back and forth until it is perfect.
- Player A writes the description of an act or an object. He sends it as email or IM to Player B.
- Player B composes a written response. He rates the value of the performance or object on a scale of 1 to 10 based on how much value the Perfector believes he or she can add.
- Player B writes, “What I liked about the performance or object was X,” and proceeds to list the qualities of the object he thought were of high quality or should be amplified.
- Player B offers the improvements to the performance or object required for it to be rated a 10 by saying “To make it a ten, you would have to do X.”
- Player B sends his response to Player A.
- Player A responds similarly, beginning at step 2
- Players continue until the idea is perfect.
- Accept perfecting without argument.
- Give only positive comments: what you like and what it would take to “give it a 10.”
- Abstain from mentioning what you don’t like or being negative in other ways.
- Withhold points only if you can think of improvements.
- Use ratings that reflect a scale of improvement rather than a scale of how much you liked the object.
- If you cannot say something you liked about the object or specifically say how to make the object better, you must give it a 10.
- A rating of 10 means you are unable to add value, and a rating of 5 means you will specifically describe how to make the object at least twice as good.
- The important information to transmit in the Perfection Game protocol improves the performance or object. For example, “The ideal sound of a finger snap for me is one that is crisp, has sufficient volume, and startles me somewhat. To get a 10, you would have to increase your crispness.”
- As a perfectee, you may only ask questions to clarify or gather more information for improvement. If you disagree with the ideas given to you, simply don’t include them.