Take away: Rather than “competing,” with people at your perceived skill-level, compete with those who are where you want to be. Herein lies a fundamental decision-making difference between those who become successful and those who don’t. Unsuccessful people make decisions based on current circumstances while successful people make decisions based on where they desire to be.
…iving organisms made up of the relationships and mechanisms you use to foster collective ownership. Making design systems successful is just as much about creating a people system as it is about creating a technical or operational one. You have to make it easy for everyone to feel responsible for the system with structures that form …
… help 1 billion people join “meaningful groups” — groups on Facebook they interact with frequently. By starting with a statement, and then using that to select our success metrics, we have a better picture in mind of the people we’re serving, and a better framework for our teams to think about when it comes to building tools to help people start and grow communities.
…ok at — like maybe number of posts and comments in groups, or how many groups someone is a part of. There are different ways to approach translating your mission statement into a metric, and it’s healthy to re-evaluate periodically whether your chosen metric maps well to your actual mission. When your mission and your metrics aren’t aligned, that’s a recipe for tension, as the numbers may compel you to do things that might technically match how you’ve defined “success” but aren’t getting at what actually matters.
One other thing I wanted to add, but don’t know where to put: We aim to avoid feeling like we have something to prove. That’s hero language, and we don’t do hero. We do work. We have work to do. Big and small — we’re satisfied by doing good work and getting it done in the time we give ourselves up front. Heros are only satisfied by rescuing things, doing the impossible, or saving the world. We’ll leave those antics to teams that run on fumes. We’ll run on a good night’s sleep.