It's cliche, but starting at the beginning of the year I started building Interweave more in public. I've now published 3 weekly recap posts on my blog, bryansmith.io. Doing this has done a couple things:
Increased my desire to work nights and weekends. Putting it out there and sharing what I'm working on what and what accomplished really helps. I finally feel like I have traction on this project. Progress, even slow but consistence progress really helps build something. I keep telling myself 🐢 > 🐇.
It's pushed me to start thinking audience building. Because who wants to launch to no one? This has led to a handful of people signing up for news about Interweave. Progress already!
And after 3 weeks I have a working prototype. Nothing worth sharing yet, but it's a fully deployed to a production instance prototype. That's big, as I can start dogfooding things now!
It's not the biggest thing I've done in the first few weeks, but oddly it's one of the things that makes it feel most official. The biggest thing I've done is product learning. Doing lots of research on what PM's are saying about PM tools. Lots of gems so far. At this point I've done enough "manager" things, now it's time to turn to the "maker".
Just starting off with Interweave, but why does it exist? Because I'm tired of the product manager solutions on the market that are really just glorified gant charts. Or are really targeted at Product Owners who are managing development. There's a complete lack of holistic data-driven product management apps out there.
Where's the evidence on why you're placing something on the roadmap? Where's the distillation of customer feedback to help drive your product direction? How can I scale quantitative prioritization techniques? What part of the customer journey are you addressing?
These and many more reasons is why I'm making Interweave.
Anyhow, I'm excited to start this journey.
Most product management apps focus on the end without helping you figure out how to get there or are really apps for product owners to manage development. There's a hole in the market (that I've felt personally).