That was another really fantastic talk. All of Sandi Metz's talks are wonderful.
Tech businesses aren’t successful because they had perfect code and systems. They’re successful because they got a product to market fast and at the right time. They got out their protoype fast (hacks and all), tested and tweaked it, and then scaled. It is wholly arrogant to believe you will have a product on first launch that will be widely acclaimed and quickly adopted. Often it will take fast, iterative changes and tweaks with a small userbase and constant feedback until the right mix of features and pricing are met, along with aggressive marketing — and then growth happens.
It's so TRUE but it can be soooo hard to put stuff out there when you know it's far from "perfect"
Don’t ask people what they want. Watch them and figure out their needs. If you ask, people usually focus on what they have and ask for it to be better: cheaper, faster, smaller. A good observer might discover that the task is unnecessary, that it is possible to restructure things or provide a new technology that eliminates the painstaking parts of their procedures. If you just follow what people ask for, you could end up making their lives even more complicated.
Thought this was pretty fantastic description of the new slack reactions. I really think they are valuable. The syntax for typing them sucks a bit, but it's getting there.
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