Product (vs) Designer - My inner dialog
over 8 years ago from Sagi Shrieber, Co-founder of HackingUI.com, Creator of the Side Project Accelerator
Sagi Product: yo! There's this new feature to develop in the roadmap!
Sagi Design: you mean backlog, not roadmap.
SP: Yeah whatever, listen you heard what (name of VP product) said. It needs to be done fast since the R&D have it in their planning for next sprint. And (name of CEO) just promised the board that this feature will be ready next month!
SD: wait... WTF?! So we're going down that road once again? In our (countless number) last retrospective meetings we all talked about giving more time to proper design process!
SP: well, you heard what the (name of VP Product) said - do a quick research... How much time do you need? 1 day to get started? Come on.. How much time for you to get started on this? It can be ready by the end of the week, no? You can do it! You've already done way bigger feature designs in less time when you were with your last 2 startups.
SD: yeah, but this is an established startup, a 100 employees startup, a couple-thousand paying customers startup, a well invested startup, a millions of users per month startup! And they brought me here to lead the design and UX, meaning I should be given the proper time and space to do what I came here to do!
SP: Well, you have 1 week. Just ask them for proper time afterwards to sit with the front end devs on testing and tweaks.
SD: I guess you're right... Ok. I'll just really need to fight for my time with the devs this time. Make sure they give me 3-4 full days with (name of Front End Lead), one on one, before this gets pushed to production.
***--- after 3 weeks ---****
SP: listen you might have to give up, its 3 days before the end of the development of this feature and the devs (again) got to a point where they have a long list of bugs before they can get to your so called design tweaks.
SD: Fuck! I knew this would happen!
SP: Yeah, well, that just happend. Sorry.
SD: (a lot of curse words)
SP: Yet you did not stop this from happening huh? At least the feature would be up and the board would be happy. Dont worry they wont notice that things are a bit off design-wise.
SD: Fuck that, I'm not here to do mediocre designs. I want my work to be perfect! Dribbblable! I want people to have a great emotional experience combined with compelling UX and zen-banlanced typography and design. I want any animation concepts to actually work! To be smooth! That takes time to tweak...
SP: if you would make everything you design here Dribbblable you would have never had anything launched.
SD: Then why the fuck am I here?
SP: You think its better anywhere else? You think its better in any SF startup? In FB? In Google? Even in small startups... Its the same everywhere.
SD: I dont know - maybe i'll write a post about it and see what the reaction will be.... In the meanwhile i'll go create another unreal-unlaunched-unusable design shot for Dribbble, at least I'll have some design out there that I'm 100% proud of sharing.
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