Weeknote 10 - A clear view and more reading

It’s better to know the situation early.

Work

The good thing about doing proper product research is that you have a much clearer idea of where your product stands in the market landscape.

The bad thing about doing proper product research is that you have a much clearer idea of where your product stands in the market landscape.

It kind of makes it hard to maintain a pleasant illusion about your work and where it stands. But, as hard as it is for the ego, I’d much rather we find out that our expectations and ideas might not be as realistic as we hoped now, when the project is in its early stages and we still have months of funding, than later, when we will have spent months working on features we can’t sell.

So, even though the conversations over the past couple of weeks have been a bit tough, they have also been essential. They may have been a downer to start with but now knowing more makes me more hopeful.

Media

My sister has been suggesting for a while that I watch more documentaries so this week I watched Food Inc. and large parts of The Staircase. Both were quite depressing, to be honest.

Interesting. But depressing.

Books

I didn’t manage to read much during the week but managed to put the three day weekend here in Canada to productive use.

I decided to mix in a bit of non-fiction in my reading as well, which was a sound decision, although I focused mostly on re-reading books that I hadn’t read in 15-20 years:

Photography plans

I have a clearer idea for what to do now with the Parc Jarry project. Now it’s just a question of finding the time to put it all together.