My design principles

We all have approaches to how we do our work. It’s natural, really, and it’s the sort of thing that is made up of quite the combination of things: how you learned to learn, your formative jobs (however many they were and what they were), your personal values and your company’s values and the intermeshing of that, what you’re reading/listening to/watching/absorbing, and that’s just the icing on the top.

However, it’s not often we sit back and try to both define and then elucidate on those values. That said, I think it’s an important exercise – stepping back from the noise of doing and standing in the stillness of thinking is an opportunity to actively tinker and pivot, if necessary, or double down because you know you’re doing the right thing.

Here are my 6 design principles:

  1. Definitions matter. They are not optional; they are foundational.
  2. Inaction is an action. Risks are fundamental to work.
  3. Agility = Discipline.
  4. What’s the story? If you can’t tell it, you can’t built it because every product is a story.
  5. Act like a 1st grader. Who, What, Why, Where, When, and How – answer those questions.
  6. Change hurts. And that’s okay.

Let me know what you think about mine and, more importantly, think about yours and share those, too.

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