What exactly are "Acceptable Results"?
For us, a project's results were deemed acceptable when the following criteria were met:
- It never killed either of us, and
- never injured either of us, or
- injured us infrequently, or
- injured us with little enough severity that ending the project was not a necessity, and
- didn't cost a lot of money to construct and operate, and
- provided consistent results, and
- the results it provided were more or less within the realms of what we had expected at the onset.
To some, these requirements may seem incredibly, if not dangerously, lax. To us, they permit a fantastic degree of freedom when it comes to declaring success. Considering these criteria, and perhaps omitting a few here or there, I would say without a shadow of a doubt we experienced a near 60% success rate. Meaning that for every 10 projects we would have ever considered, 6 didn't kill us.
For more information, see our page on project standards.