Interested to know people's thoughts to this Product Design question...(

over 1 year ago from Jon Darke, Design Director at MyBuilder

  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, over 1 year ago

    Five years really isn't that long if you're serious about building something.

    If you really think about it you realize how weird even just asking that question really is. People used to look forward to joining a company and spending their whole career there moving through the ranks, and now even five years seems too long?

    Damn us millennials…

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    • Jon DarkeJon Darke, over 1 year ago

      Indeed. It's constantly shifting, which is why I was curious to take a dip test today, see where peoples heads are at...

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    • barry saundersbarry saunders, over 1 year ago

      That's true, but at the same time, it'd be rare historically to think of a situation where you'd spend 5 years designing the same product. Even if you're working in the same problem space, you'd be working on different products or product lines - whether that's designing houses, software or hardware.

      Also, as a field I think design really benefits from having practitioners who work across multiple industries and problem spaces. A common issue I've seen arise in banking is the that you can get a lot of designers who've only ever designed banking products - they can end up with a very constrained approach. Similar for health and other enterprises.

      You can get the opposite issue with designers working in consumer areas - they don't necessarily get the experience of designing within heavy constraints.

      Of course, working only on short term projects isn't great either, you can end up without an understanding of the reality of shipping product.

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    • Dan BDan B, over 1 year ago

      So true.

      I also like to use Career → Relationship analogies in those cases.

      To me this is the equivalent of:

      "What would you say to the opportunity of being with the same partner for 5 years?".

      Uh… so many variables need to be clarified: 1. Does it seem like an interesting situation for you? 2. Do you see space for growth? 3. Is the timing in your life good? 4. Is "commitment" what you're looking for right now? 5. etc etc

      It all comes down to self-awareness.

      Assuming you have great self-awareness: just go with the flow and explore iteratively. ;-)

      The goal isn't to stay at a place for X years. It's to be fulfilled by what you do.

      "On your death bed, you’ll realize that your real resume won't be on Linkedin, it will be three short lists: 1) the challenges that taught you something 2) ways you found to help other people 3) interesting things that you will have tried despite being out of your comfort zone. The rest barely matters."

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