What is the biggest mistake you've made with your current project so far (or a past project)?
Shared by donychristie · 172d ago · 16 comments
home.wolv.io · 172d ago

My biggest mistake was to not ask for help early and being naive about my assumptions. I started dedicating a slot to talk to more people (investors, potential teammates, founders) so I don’t waste much time but still bring perspectives.

Also, reading “the Mom test” has been useful during those conversations.

donychristie · 172d ago

I'd say my biggest mistake is not putting more hours into it. This is probably because I'm avoiding it. I'm probably avoiding it because the nature of what to do next is unclear to me. It's unclear to me because... I'm afraid of deciding, then getting the next action wrong and being criticized for it? I'm afraid of getting the next action wrong and being criticized because... The stakes are important and I must get it right or I'm bad or something?

AndyDent-Touchgram · 172d ago

Wasted months of design and dev work on an aspect of the product (Private Messaging) that had some user appeal but was a major distraction from the core. Once I realised this and started pruning, out of desperation to ship something I was able to finish v1.0. 18 months later have still not returned to the moth-balled stuff.

andrew-miit.co · 172d ago

Not testing with customers before building

stormyapp.com · 170d ago

How will you test something with customer before building? You need to atleast have a MVP to show it to your users.

andrew-miit.co · 170d ago

I used to think that way too, but I've learned over time it's not true. At least not for most products, hard tech may be different. For most things I've found you can test early using spreadsheets, blogs, a landing page, Facebook or your own labour to get a feel for what the customers really want. This has made a huge difference to how we test assumptions and stopped a lot of waste.

What are you building if you don't mind sharing?

stormyapp.com · 170d ago

I will love to connect with you on linkedin and will be interested to know more about your testing strategy.
The ld https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahulbansalrb/

stormyapp.com · 170d ago

I am building a quiz platform where teachers can host live quiz and students can answer them.

andrew-miit.co · 170d ago

Sounds interesting. Have sent you a connection on LinkedIn

stormyapp.com · 170d ago

Hey can you message me on linkedin. I am unable to find you?

conflating our favorite thing to build with customer's favorite feature to use

ogochukwuakabogu · 159d ago

Miscalculating the time it would take me to finish the project, I under calculated, now I realized the time I had earlier predicted was a joke

manojranaweera · 160d ago

I have many as I have been at this since 2004. But latest mistake is bloating the team too quickly. I wrote about this https://www.skilledup.life/background-to-skilledup-life/. Now I restarted, there is only one team member, who is me.

Aden · 166d ago

Using the wrong platform for back and front end development. We began to use Python even though Java would have been a better language in which to code a website.

mattcrail · 171d ago

Previously: not knowing when to throw in the towel. I lost a year working on the wrong thing.

However, in that time I also learned a lot of lessons on how not to build a startup, and those lessons are serving me really well now.

sunim · 172d ago

Early launch without even having a single feature ready.
Doing public build and release now, with major release every 2 months