The Right Problems
Over the years, I’ve noticed a lot of my (and others’) frustrations at work come from feeling like the problems I’m solving shouldn’t be problems, or that the problems I’m facing are outside of my control. As I’ve settled more into my management responsibilities, I’ve found that the biggest bang for my buck has been to focus on helping folks start solving the right problems and stop worrying about things that are too small or too big and nebulous.
Small, Bullshit Problems
These are problems you encounter frequently in little, annoying ways. Some classic examples include:
- Why do we keep redesigning our button style every time we implement a new page?
- What’s the real button style? I guess I’ll make a new one too, but what should it look like?
- Who has that file with our brand colors and elements in it?
- They left the company? Shit.
- Wait, your team is working on that project? Mine too.
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