Systems, Mistakes, and the Sea

Programming - Mar 31, 2024

Our own Robin Rendle:

[…] folks can’t talk about real design systems problems because it will show their company as being dysfunctional and broken in some way. This looks bad for their company and hence looks bad for them. But hiding those mistakes and shortcomings by glossing over everything doesn’t just make it harder for us personally, it hinders progress within the field itself.

I’ve always tried to be super open about the things I do, good and bad. However, even the outlets I have, like CodePen Radio where we talk about the rollercoaster of running a software business, there are still things I’ve held back because they just aren’t a good look. Often, the trick is to let some time pass so that it can be a retrospective later if there’s hesitance to post about the bad today.

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