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Fail Cheaply and Early2:07 with Devin O'Bryan
Getting your content in front of those you trust is important. Knowing the right way to do this is just as important.
Critique -- a method of disciplined, systematic study of a written or oral discourse.
When I was in college, I first heard the phrase fail early, fail fast,
and fail often, where the moral of the story was about
learning quickly from mistakes and recovering.
Then when I became a working professional, I started hearing a similar but
more business-driven iteration, fail early and fail cheaply.
I found out that cheap didn't necessarily mean the monetary cost.
It turns out, there's a ton of ways you can be thrifty in failure.
For instance, time or effort can be associated with the cost in question.
Smartest way to do this when building a portfolio would be to enlist the help of
others to weigh in on your presentation's message through power of critique.
Critique is a method of disciplined,
systematic study of a written or oral discourse.
Basically, it's allowing others to see your work and comment on it.
Those commenting could be friends, colleagues,
those with similar backgrounds to your potential future employers.
And yes, even family members.
You should ask them questions like is it really coming across as something that
Or is my message clear?
Keep in mind, the point of you showing your work isn't for
validation as much as it is to make sure you're being effectively represented.
The moment your grandma tells you she dislikes the color blue
you chose on your mobile portfolio, it's the moment
you need to steer the conversation back to whether your narrative makes sense.
After all, the reason you're asking them is because you know they're going to be
honest with you about the clarity of your message and if it aligns with who you are.
You'll wanna do this early and fairly often in the process,
all while you're prototyping using cheap tools like pen and paper, or
frameworks that allow you to make rapid changes effortlessly.
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