Eating my own 🐕-food: shipping fast
The last year or so, I’ve been thinking a lot about all the things that I’ve read, watched and learned about creating SaaS products, MVP, launching your product, user validation and related topics.
I’ve always been a perfectionist when it comes to my work and I nowadays recognize that it always was that characteristic that stood between me and my goal: shipping cool products and/or services.
Hammering down beautiful code or trying to perfect that CSS styling or little effect, instead of letting people check out your functionality just proofed to be a big waste of my time.
It always did cost me a lot of time and effort to build stuff and trying to make sure that things were perfect and somehow that prevented me to build and ship stuff during my developer path.
It took me literally years to get out of my perfectionism modus and recognize that shipping product trumps building cool products and that getting validation for your product by users is way more productful (and insightful) than watching how they react on a product that is outdated when it even touched base.
Nowadays, I finally feel that I’ve gained enough vision to create product. The choices that I now make are aligned with my goal. And I feel freed because I can now actually release ideas without being overly technical or refactoring my code because it wasn’t as neat as I would like it to be.
I’m working on a website about my current mindset and the vision that I have on creating and shipping products fast (shipharder.com).
Besides that, the first fun little side-project that I’ve build without polishing it too much is a website that showcases cool products and gadgets that I found.
It’s a website called Stippee.com. It is my first (side-)project that was built in under 24 hours.
As unpolished as it is, I love the fact that I shipped something.
Now the fun of tweaking and iterate on it begins 😃. Trying to make it fly for people and getting traction.
I’m eager to get feedback on it and to learn on how I can get the most out of it.