I have been teaching myself how to build things on line. It has it's ups and downs but one of the biggest would be the nagging question.. How do I make money at this? The answer is never black and white but it starts with meaningful value and making someone's life better. That's abstract but enough for now. Product Managers like to refer to a minimal viable product. Simple in words, a worthy journey when the right people find each other.
Find a group of real people and work with them. Have empathy! Make option A easier than option B. This sounds so simple. By no means. I like to imagine myself in the shoes of someone using what I make. What is the call to action? What is in the way. This leads to today's quest.
Not a necessarily drum beat, unless your goal is music but it will feel like one. At times, isn't a matter of reaching for the big goal. Just keep going, stick to a pattern, do something each day. Stopping is OK, just not for a long time. If you maintain a beat, your progress will surprise you in unexpected ways.
Stop doing it for money. Do it for love! If you have to put up with crap along the way, work hard, eat shit pie, would you do it for anything but love! Doing it for money may lead you to a "job" at best. Worst, you will end up spending your energy on someone you don't even like.
Progressing through an idea to create something is not a linear process. It's a combination of creating many things. They could be mvps, features, wbs, I could go on. with 50 mini projects, I am taking a deep dive into something that I can use in my bigger projects. Today's next project will be creating events. There is a lot in this and I have it in my apps already. So, with a mini app, I will take it to a "bench" and see what I can do with it.
There is value in keeping track of decisions. It reduces your churn, defines requirements (which can lead to amazing products) and helps to create a strategy. I made a decision to have a decision log in Friendly Road projects along with goal tracker, to do lists. I am using this project to organize my own projects.
If you have ever recycled an old computer you will agree. Organize your pictures, your thoughts, ideas, they will be there when you need them. Information clutter is like any other clutter, it makes me tired, and adds worry or stress. Today's quest was to get rid of all old computers, believe it or not, I had 2 laptops and a desktop stored for who knows what reason.. maybe I needed a file, perhaps some old software. In reality, I had not touched them in more than 5 years, so backed up pics and gonzers.
It was good to take a site from start to finish. When I started my journey to learn code, my goal was to take something from start to finish. It was like a mini marathon. I was able to add some tricks to my code skills and add to my portfolio. That's another to do list.
I am got Meghan Trainor on the brain. Curious to see if I can embed a video into this blog. It's all about the base, well, the rhythm. Daily blogs, 2 hours of code, walks, little chores... keeps things moving
As part of learning code, github is essential. I made my first README.md and it looks so professional. Busting the myth that documentation is boring. One of those things I need to do more of. Making things user friendly.
A project can be defined as a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service***. Projects are different from other ongoing operations in an organization, because unlike operations, projects have a definite beginning and an end - they have a limited duration. PMI It has a beginning and end and it's temporary. We'll talk about the good bad and ugly about that in my next posts.
Remember the reason for doing this. I decided I wanted to be able to express ideas on interactive sites. That's a bit vague but it gives me a scope, Start from zero, finish something. The rest is temporary. Since last post, I have begun a quest to work on 50 small apps in github. I have a working site to help the RockyMountain Floppers. It has a community of racers and race enthusiasts who use the site. That feels great!
I put on my list some ideas for a goal tracker game. I currently use a goal tracker on this friendly road site, and now I have some ideas. I see some fun ways to show results, and learn to apply code. I am going to keep it a surprise, not working on it until I finish Creative Calgary. The important point is learning works best with a goal or specific challenge in mind.
Too often we focus on the goal without the journey. The half way point may be the difference. For example, I want to make money, or I want to lose 20 lbs. Looking at the half way, What do I need to do to lose a bit (10 lbs)... or what do I do to start making money, sell something, or find something. Those are more in my reach and may also be more tasky. That means more action focused. Keep slicing it, till it gets easy enough to do and still has some exciting results.
This past week, I shutdown 3 of my own projects. Its hard when there are ideas, sweat, people, and more. When is it right to shut down a project. 1) When your heart tells you something's not right, look at the why. Why did you start this? Where will it take you? 2) Are you rowing an empty boat? Is there a sponsor, does someone benefit that you care about, now or in future. 3) Is the timing right? Could you pick this up another time? Does it have to be done at this time? 4) Where's the passion? Probably the most important part. Is there passion. Therefore "skin in the game" something clearly chosen means choices and sacrifices that come with it. 5) Are there other projects that will negatively or positively impacted by this project? Is this project enabling or hindering other work?
The chicken and the egg Posted: 2017-05-10
Getting people to pay for your ideas Posted: 2017-05-13
Create a beat Posted: 2017-05-13
Really want that idea that knocks it out of the park? Posted: 2017-05-13
50 mini projects Posted: 2017-05-15
Keep track of Decisions Posted: 2017-05-23
The cloud is awesome Posted: 2017-05-24
Completed a Rails Website in a week Posted: 2017-06-05
All about the Bass Posted: 2017-06-05
Github - new pal Posted: 2017-06-06
Projects create stuff Posted: 2017-07-05
The zone of projects Posted: 2017-07-05
Goal Tracker game Posted: 2017-08-02
Set a half way point Posted: 2017-08-24
When to shut down a project Posted: 2018-03-20