When you're a maker, you probably have at least one of these problems:
I've been many times in that position.
That's why I want to design a system to come up and prioritise my ideas. I'm going to take Paul Graham's ideas types: organic and necessary ideas. From this classification, I'll list the problems I have from my daily and professional life. Finally, I'll explain the management matrix that I'll use to prioritise ideas.
How do you come up with startup ideas? From the great Paul Graham
The best way to come up with startup ideas is to ask yourself the question: what do you wish someone would make for you?
He divides the different startups ideas in two:
Let's make this exercise together. I'll write my ideas and categorise them following Paul's classification. We can prioritise them with management matrix. This way we'll check if the system to come up and prioritise ideas is valid.
Have you ever wished for someone else to build a product for you? That's the purpose of this question. You might think that building something for only one person is silly. But here are some advantages:
Here are my real life problems:
There are some risks involved with working with ideas that you think are necessary. For example:
These are all the things I've noticed that people miss. For Rocket Launcher and the resource optimisation tool I've had several talks with CEOs, CTOs and System Administrators from tech companies. For the other ideas it's just a hunch.
Let's organise the list of ideas we can work on. I'm going to use the prioritisation matrix taken from my buddy Fabio Ferrari. Finally, I'll summarise everything with a small list of projects I'll work on my 12 Startups in 12 Months idea.
So how to prioritise my ideas? I'll consider 2 variables:
This can be expressed in a simple Excel Sheet:
I'll take the ideas that are really important for me and I can pull it off easily. A five out of five.
Here's the finished table:
Once I sum the scores from the headers, we get the following:
|Rocket Launcher||Money Sending||Paleo||Idea Board|
|Flat Rental||Whiteboard||CI/CD Readme|
|Music Share||Profile-less Date||Tweets|
|Pocket Clone||Chat Collaboration|
|Local Time Zone|
So I can choose from all the 7-score problems. I've already started with RocketLauncher (if you haven't noticed). I'll go from easy to solve to hard:
So there you go! This is a simple way of organising ideas. It only considers 2 variables: importance and easiness.
If you want to follow a similar approach here's a link to the template:
How do you have and prioritise ideas? The process can be summarised in these steps:
You'll be able to take the most relevant and start working on them. Good luck!
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