Stop Trying and Just Do It

Rapid Prototype - viki.com on small screen.

Rapid Prototype – viki.com on small screen.

I was inspired by Creative Confidence to challenge my awesome colleague, Teo,  to come up with a prototype in 2 hours. We’re working on a big project, the adaptive web for viki.com, and one advice from David in that book hits me: “if you want to make something great, you need to start making.” When I said to Teo, “Let’s come up with a prototype in 2 hours,” Teo responded with “2 hours is good.” He started first, as meetings are unavoidable for me. In the afternoon, he had designed 4 screens, and I started designing the homepage reusing components in his PSD. In the end, we came up with 6 screens in 4 hours. That’s not bad. If we said “let’s try to have something in 2 hours,” I’m sure we wouldn’t have completed those 6 screens. “Do or do not. There is no try,” said Yoda. The difficult part was to let go of the ‘striving for perfection’ part. We needed to keep reminding ourselves that the plan was to fail early: come up with a dirty prototype, ask people to use it, observe them, ask questions, improve the prototype again, until we come up with a good design. Stop trying and just do it!

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