I want to continue making things: public things, shareable things, things that are loved.
At the moment, I see myself in one of two roles: As a one-man product team to take a startup from idea to product, or as a product owner on a larger team.
Over the past decade, I’ve played developer, designer, strategist, marketer, manager, and almost every other role on a product team. I enjoy aspects of all of these roles. I most enjoy when these roles are so intertwined that it feels like every element of an experience is connected and consistent. While the scale of what’s possible as a one man team is obviously limited, it allows for speed of execution and consistency of vision that’s often not possible otherwise. One person may be all that’s necessary to build enough to determine product market fit; it may even help focus on what’s really important.
As a leader on a larger team I want to work with true craftsmen: people who care about what’s being produced as much as what’s underneath and what it took to make it. I want to correct mistakes, produce tools and methods that allow a team to work better or improve their technique. I want to champion for my team to clients and customers. I want to make people care about why the thinking behind the result matters.
I want to work with people who respect, admire, and appreciate the work others do. If I work for someone, I want them to be capable of correcting my mistakes and critiquing my work intelligently. I want my peers to be experts in their areas and I want to learn from each other’s perspectives.
Whatever the team, I want to set defined problems and goals with my partners and I want to execute and win on those objective in a measurable way.