At Hightower, we release daily. Yeah…daily!
Releasing anything shorter than weekly to me was startling, especially since all my previous tech jobs were mostly a 2-week release cycle, but after a week or two, I finally overcame the shock and started to really enjoy it. Here’s what I learned so far:
I’ve been thinking of starting a blog for over a year. Week after week, I would tell myself that during the upcoming weekend I would sit down, install WordPress and start typing. But I never did.
I love understanding people and the real (and sometimes ugly) reasons people think and behave the way they do. Understanding yourself (thoughts + behavior) is scary and difficult, but once you confront yourself, you get to know yourself better, and you start to truly appreciate who you are and what you are capable off.
So after confronting (or soul-searching) myself, I found out the real reasons why I was delaying creating this blog. I thought:
- People don’t care what I think, and
- I don’t know anything
Pretty grim right?
But alas, if you are reading this blog, how how did I overcome my insecurities? What magic potion did I drink that gave me this confidence?
I attended a talk by Natalie Hollier back in September on Lean Product Management for Enterprises: The Art of Known Unknowns, when I saw a slide from her presentation that blew my mind.
It wasn’t that the slide had beautiful visuals or fancy transition effects, but what it had was a simplicity on how it communicated on a high level the differences between the 3 most common product development processes: Waterfall, Agile and Lean.
This image/slide was so great, I had to ask Natalie for it, and luckily she sent it to me asap!
Without further adieu, here it is…