If you’re not embarrassed when you ship your first version you waited too long.
There is no substitute for real-world feedback.
Reposting an earlier post I wrote back in 2010 at the outset of the 10 City Bridge Run. All the details are still relevant, even if now overtaken by events.
There is no substitute for real-world feedback. Matt Mullenweg writes a compelling blog encouraging us to just ship it (this is the guy who helped bring us WordPress). He uses the example from Apple, and the development of iPhone. Steve Jobs commented in 1983:
Usage is like oxygen for ideas.
“If you’re not embarrassed when you ship your first version you waited too long.” This is great advice. Today, the design challenge begins for the 10 City Bridge Run. I have a design brief with 9 questions I need your help with in co-creating the pictorial petition. Will you help? The link to the page is here.
Note to self (after Voltaire):
Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good enough.
Thanks to Seth Godin for sharing and making this original post known.