• Quinnie

Product Build - iterations and experiments on getting work done (Part 1)

“Take a risk and keep testing, because what works today won’t work tomorrow, but what worked yesterday may work again.” Amrita Sahasrabudhe

Every new position is a new journey for me. Without doubt the temptation to bring your old and successful practice into the new environment is difficult to ignore on two counts. One, it's easy and convenient and proven to work and. two, it can help you quickly establish your role in the new environment with fast delivery of your values.

I have been guilty of proposing something I think would work (with a genuine and good intention to bring values to the company instead of personal gains and egos), but on reflection the adaptive paths we've been on as a team, I wish I was more conscious of the bias I had at the very beginning and took a step back to understand my environment and context first. I hope that my journey from proposing something without enough understanding, to eventually making it work to fit the environment will make you think differently, regardless of whether you are taking on a new challenge, or trying to improve your current practice as a leader.

When I first joined Localz I already understand Localz has and had an enviable focus on customers; In order to share the products outside of existing markets, we needed to deliver a structured/robust framework. My failing was not appreciating the immense about of sweat and long hours had been poured into the product set. Looking back it's like expecting a seed grow into a tree in one day. This iterative journey has changed me and here are the six stages as I feel them:

Stage 1: Naive and Ambitious: I proposed a framework that is illustrated below to explain how I visualised the team operating to achieve our goals. It made sense to me and still does in theory (if we are starting from scratch), but I wish I had more empathy to understand what has been working and what hasn't before I drafted this framework. During this stage, I faced natural and expected doubt/fear of change. As the person who introduces or initiates change, you often brush over other people's concern or even wonder why others don't see your point (yet). But we often forget how we felt when we were on the other side. If you don't get what I mean, try this now: If you are a right hander, try draw a face use your left hand (and vice versa). Did you feel the difference? And how would you show/teach a person who has never drawn in left hand?