Why am I Recording OneDayApp?

n624372045_1718296_6740I’d probably have my new app for sale if I wasn’t using it as the subject of my training series.  But one of the things that really stuck with me after reading Rework was the concept that you can sell the byproducts of building your product.

In the 37Signals case they sell the books from creating their own product management/development process.  I figured, in my case I’d try selling some “how”s in the form of training.  One year from now it will be interesting to see if the App or the Training makes more money.  Smile

To put it another way… there’s always a dog under the desk you could sell with your work.  Chapter 3 has taken a little longer than I expected, but is almost in the bag.

Do it on camera to increase your satisfaction

IMG_1904I highly recommend working on your next project like your being filmed for training.  Better yet… actually record what you are doing and try sharing it.  You’ll learn a TON and you’ll focus on fit and finish in ways you never thought about before.

Working on the OneDayApp series has dramatically improved the quality of what I’m doing with my next application.  There are all sorts of corners I would be cutting, steps I’d be skipping, and personal education I’d miss out on in the final product if I wasn’t building it partially to teach people. 

It can be valuable at any stage.  If you record your code you’ll find yourself caring about things like variable names in new ways.  Once you have something to demo you’ll see all sorts of rough edges that you’d never see if you just used it.  There’s simply nothing that beats actually “going to the tape” to get a glimpse of what other people see.