Saturday, September 12, 2009

Irritate, Innovate, and Iterate

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I recently said this to someone in regard to product design, and I'm not sure if it's original or not. But it hit the spot:
You don't have to pay attention to the details, just don't be surprised when your competitor does.
I think it's really important to nit pick - to find things that could be improved upon, even if only marginally. Doesn't every little bit count?  Focusing on little things may sound trivial, but little changes (especially in the copy text and UI of software used by thousands or millions of users) can make a big difference.

And what does it say about your company if your product clearly shows a lack of focus on the details? Don't get me wrong, sometimes we only have the resources available to address the "big issues" and focusing on the little one's is irritating. But innovation doesn't always involve big ideas and big plans.

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