Why You Should Always Determine Your Own Design Schedule?

Watts Humphrey, who retired from IBM in 1980, once led Big Blue’s software development. His group “who had never before made a delivery schedule, did not miss a date for the next two and a half years.” Here is a persuasive list of bullet points from one of his presentations (courtesy of Scott Rosenberg, founder of Salon):

-Unless you are independently wealthy, you must work to a schedule
-If you don’t make your own schedule, someone else will.
-Then that person will control your work.

Always know almost implicitly how long you will take to do a design and let everyone know ASAP. If not, decide very quickly, or someone else will decide for you. Trust me, you will never like the result if someone does so.

A designer in motion, keeps in motion and his job.

Quote Via: Four Hour Work Week

Brian Ling (Design Sojourn)

Brian is a multidisciplinary Design Leader with more than 18 years of experience leading strategic design programs that drives successful Brands and Fortune 500 businesses such as GE, Philips, Nakamichi, Flextronics, Ericsson, Hannspree, and HP. His passion is in helping organisations leverage on Design Driven Innovation to make people’s lives better.

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Dead on! Never give away control over your own project, this will turn you in a helpless victim ruled by others.

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