Sci-fi Time-travelling Detective ⏳
One of the reasons I've started this blog is to get better at documentation. To create all of the Product Design Case Studies on this site, it took me literally weeks to dig deep into the archives and piece the stories of my project journeys back together like some sci-fi time-travelling detective.
Case Study Hell 👹
I've worked with some great teams, and we've accomplished some great goals with our projects, but I learned that if I don't take the time to capture the story as it happens, you may needlessly put yourself through Case Study Hell when it comes time to share those stories once again to a wider audience.
I Hate You 💩
Maybe you have one of those photographic memories and you can recall every fact and figure in that fifty page wikipedia article on steam engines you read 5 years ago. Two things. Number one: I hate you. Number two: My brain doesn't work like that, and if yours doesn't either, you're going to want to keep fantastic notes.
A Note on Notes ✏️
I did start the habit long ago to take copious notes as I was doing a project knowing that one day I'd like to do a case study on it. But what I found that even that is not enough. Here's why: If you don't start to put those notes into the context of a Case Study, you're still going to encounter Case Study Hell down the line because you're going to have to play detective again with all of your notes. So a solution is to start your case study right from the project kick-off.
Design With the Case Study In Mind 🤔
Just like I learned from the Sprint Book where designing the marketing page for a product first can help you visualize the product you want to build, thinking about the case study you want to have done at the end of the project will give you the foresight and context for how and when you document.
So Why A Blog? ⛏
So if I already have a strategy on how to be more proactive about Case Studies documentation, why keep a personal blog? The reason is to do so much documentation that it becomes an automatic habit. I want to get to that level of unconscious-competence when it comes to documentation so that it takes me minutes instead of months to assemble case studies. And like that quote goes: "We first make our habits, and then our habits make us."
"We first make our habits, and then our habits make us."
~ John Dryden