Recently I worked on a project that was new to the company, and I wanted to share my experience with everyone. The project, nicknamed Apollo, launched a few of weeks ago and overall received a pretty good response from the community. The steps it took to get Apollo to launchable material, however, did not always go so well. This project has taught me more than I bargained for, and for that I am grateful.
Some of the things that I have been able to experience and work through while getting Apollo ready for launch:
- Team Work
- Long hours
The list goes on and on. I admit, it is fulfilling to see something I have been working hard on for countless hours get a good response. Working in this industry, I have come to love the reaction from the community and user interaction and enjoyment of the “process”. What do I mean by process? I mean all of the steps, trials, thrills, laughs, discussions that go into developing and revamping a new project.
When I first started working on this project you could say my time frame (well, really everything) was not all that realistic. What can I say – I am an ambitious person. I shoot for the moon even without a rocket. Sitting down with another member of the IG team and our CEO helped me realize that the pressure I was putting on myself was working against me. I honestly think that I got some of the best advice pertaining to this from our Director of Business Operations. She’s hardcore, dedicated, passionate, but most of all willing to teach and learn with you.
“Failing fast,” may not mean that much to most of you, but those words changed a lot for me and helped me put things into perspective. Fail fast, get back up even faster, re-evaluate and try again. I think this goes back to working for a start up. Working as a team is one of the most important things you will ever experience.
“You will never be a leader unless you first learn to follow and be led.”
Have a great week everyone!