Heading Out On A Product Development Path
In This Episode...
- First, an update on some of the progress I have made since episode 4.
- Then, I have a brief conversation about COVID19 and how it is impacting us.
- Lastly, I describe a set of process steps you can follow to get started developing a new product and establishing your product-based business.
Dan's Product Journey Update
In the last episode, I mentioned I was feeling excellent about my product journey and that I had made some very good progress.
This episode, while I'm still making good progress, I'm also experiencing a all sorts of emotions.
In the recording, Dan has a brief discussion here about COVID19.
Following Last Episode, I Had Planned To...
Keep working through the book - Start Marketing the Day You Start Coding; and...
Get into maker-mode for a decent chunk of time. That is, focus a good amount of my available free time on building some initial parts of my product.
How Did I Go?
On Progressing Through the Book
I didn't make much more progress there.
With everything that has been happening due to enforced home isolation and schooling from home, I haven't really had much in the way of spare time to sit down and read.
In addition to that, to be honest, I have been spending a lot of my time in maker-mode, actually working on my product.
On Building Some Initial Parts of My Product
I'm quite happy with progress on this item
I mentioned last episode that it's been a few years since I've done any decent coding and that I thought I would be a bit rusty.
Well, nothing could have been further from the truth in that respect.
For the last few weeks I have been working on some very basic structural parts of the front-end of the web-app I am building and I have been moving at a snail's pace.
I spent probably too much time reminding myself about how to go about things such as:
- structuring the source code;
- researching available libraries and packages that might be useful;
- getting productive with packages I choose by reading through their API documentation.
In addition to that, I have decided to use a front-end framework and a coding language that I haven't worked with much at all. The framework is named 'React' and the coding language is named 'TypeScript'.
There are some long-term benefits I can foresee by using React and TypeScript but they come with the cost of initially going slow while I learn them both.
Despite the slowness, I have actually made progress. I have the basic structure of the front-end of the web-app working. So, like I said, I'm actually quite happy with it, all-in-all.
And that's the progress so far.
What's the Plan For the Next Block of Work?
Between this episode and next, this is my plan:
- Return to the marketing book I had previously been reading - Start Marketing the Day You Start Coding.
- Continue in maker-mode and focus on building the initial front-end of web-app. I'm picking up speed now and I would like to keep things moving.
Well, that's it for the update
Next up, it's time for a discussion on the main topic of this episode...
Heading Out On A Product Development Path
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Resources Mentioned in the Topic
- Start Marketing The Day You Start Coding by Rob Walling
- The Mom Test by Rob Fitzpatrick
- Marketing for Developers by Justin Jackson
- SaaS Marketing Essentials by Ryan Battles
- Traction by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares
- Obviously Awesome by April Dunford
Supporter Shout Outs
Thanks this week goes to anyone that is supporting someone else during COVID19. That includes:
- All the teachers, tutors and instructors out there in the world that have been setting up and running remote learning for kids during school shutdowns.
- Any health professionals and support workers that are there for everyone else that needs it.
- Our scientific researchers who are racing to develop a vaccine for COVID19
- Last but not least, anyone in a leadership position who is doing their best in a bad situation to try and keep everything together for everyone they support.
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