Diving into a new strategic project that was similar to another very recent one I thought that I could take the method I had used previously, swap the context and that would give me a great head start. It didn’t work. While I knew where things were heading I’d made a basic error, forgetting that those close to this new project hadn’t been as involved in the previous one anywhere near as much as me. This was also one of those projects where there were different views on how to progress. The sticking point was around timing. On one side there was a desire for a clear set of features that could neatly be placed on a roadmap, for engineers to start building now. I don’t like working with teams where designers design things for engineers to build or where engineers just build what designers hand them. I like everyone to be part of the journey, to fully understand the problem we’re trying to solve, working together to find the best solutions. I like to see individuals use their expertise to challenge and inform.
A new calendar year marks the start of another lap around our celestial star. What will this year bring? Who knows, as that would just be guessing and I’m not one for making big predictions.