TlDR; We spent 8 months asking people if problems we have is problems they have. Most said no. But gave us other problems. One problem stood out as common, remote employees didn't understand their objectives in context of their companies goals. The founders had a linked issue : their strategy wasn't turning into results. Is that a problem you face in remote teams ?
I love Indiehackers, its basically one of the few social media channels I frequently visits. I wanted to share our story and would love to hear peoples thoughts on the problem.
8 months back a friend of mine and I, set out on a journey to build a software business in a niche.
We invalidated several other ideas we had, either because we didn't find the right market or the problem existed only in our mind. Some of the ideas were too fringe.
Last week, we realised we were wasting too much time doing this and we should just isolate a problem people have, vs obsess on our own problems and find people that have the same problem. I know this is a dangerous path because you won't be the primary user of the application, but we had no choice.
We looked at the information from all our interviews and saw one glaring problem, staring at our face.
Most remote team members had no clue of their objectives and how it connected to their mission. There was a lack of intrinsic motivation. For founders, the problem was that their strategy wasn't turning into results. We thought both these problems are interlinked.
Most task managers focus on the micro, there is nothing that helps remote teams focus on the macro. What is my teams quarterly objective ? How is that linked to other teams ?
As a two person team, we don't face this problem as often, so I'd like to understand more if people at IH face issues in steering a remote team.
We have a landing page up at usehelm.com, would love any and all feedback