A Personal Note
I’ve quit my job, coincidentally, on my birthday.
It’s been three weeks (now that you know the date, you know what to do next :) ) yet it feels like the best decision I’ve ever made. I know it is extremely early to tell if that feeling is going to continue or not but that’s how I feel now. You know why? I’ve instantly started devoting my time on things and people I really, deeply care about, at my own pace (which is not slow), according to my own schedule (which is truly busy but doesn’t feel so).
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve cared about my job(s) while I was an employee, too. My girlfriend calls me a workaholic for God’s sake. However, the difference now, is that I am doing the most meaningful thing only I can do (carrying our family business -leather goods and textile- to new markets in Europe, Australia, USA etc. . I’d appreciate any connections.) as well as things I professionally enjoy the most: consulting, speaking, writing and soon lecturing on all things product.
Like these are not enough, I’ve also started ProductTank Istanbul (meetup branch of Mind the Product)
and a side project (imagine a “RELIABLE” list of “best designers/developers/etc. in Istanbul/London/etc.”)
which I’ve been dying to try for years. More on these on the next issue.
Back to Product… Development
We are at the 4th step of 5 D’s of Product Design and Development framework. Development sounds more like a step led -mostly- by developers. Well, it is. Here, we the product people play more of a supporting role yet this doesn’t mean that what we do during this step doesn’t matter as much as the things we did in previous steps. Being proactive versus reactive makes the difference here.