The Looking Glass: All About Execution
June’s weekly Twitter threads, in one handy e-mail
You’re looking good. Yeah you.
It’s nice to see people again. It’s nice to do some work again in person
I’m deep in the muddy waters of execution, aka the “actually doing” part after you make a plan, so a lot of the past month’s threads are practical little guides: questions to ask, balls to juggle, reminders to jot down.
Without further adieu…
Good Execution vs. Bad Execution
What does it mean, really, to be excellent at “executing”?
Good execution vs. bad execution, in 10 tweets: Bad execution: Pick two — time, quality, or cost. Good execution: Thoughtfully choosing the scope such that things are built on time, on budget, and at a high level of quality. 1/10
Common Design Mistakes I Am Extremely Guilty Of
… and am therefore terribly sensitive about.
The Five Most Common Product Designer Mistakes, a thread 👇 #1/5: Reinventing the Wheel When “Let’s be innovative!” wins at the expense of “Let’s do things effectively and quickly!” Examples: Facebook going hamburger menu before tabs Horizontally scrolling web pages
All Kinds of Conflicting Advice about Product Development
The punchline is that everything depends on context, so don’t get too attached to anyone’s field guides, yours truly’s included.
The Razor’s Edge of Product Development (a thread in 7 parts👇) Focus on the competition, and you won’t take the risks necessary to make it big. Ignore the competition, and you’ll miss plausible threats until it’s too late. Be optimistic, but paranoid.
How To Become A Way Better Design Critiquer
Hint: fewer off-the-cuff opinions; more questions.
Everyone has an opinion on design. There’s always an immediate gut reaction: “Ooh, I love this!” or “Meh.” But how do you go beyond that to honing your skills of giving helpful, actionable feedback? Here are the 7 questions I run through when critiquing a product’s design 👇
How To Become A Way Better Metrics Critiquer
I consider this really really important and it’s something I wish more product builders paid close attention to, even those who don’t consider themselves data people (*ahem* many designers).
Someone on your team says: “Our goal should be to move Metric X up Y% this half.” Your inclination is to nod, say “Cool” and get on with the actual building. But pause! The goals you agree to determine what you build. So consider them carefully. 8 questions to ask👇
Until next month: stay cool, stay safe.