Picking Your Tools

Tools are easy to come by, especially with platforms that are abundant.  Platforms open up a system for development and creation.  Software and content becomes easy to expand the platform usage.

Think of the following platforms which have opened the door for creators and developers:

Your tools help you execute, collaborate and consume.  I like to pick my tools based on the following factors:

  • Scalability. What is the joy or drudgery of using it a thousand times in a thousand ways with a thousand people?
  • Friction. How easy is it to get in and out of the tool.  Are there several login screens and many mouse clicks to get done what I need to?  All these micro-movements create friction that results in lost productivity and frustration.
  • Ecosystem. After I commit emotionally and with my data, what comes later?  As we use tools, we become snobs.  We want more.  Are there aftermarket options to help me continue to grow and expand my requirements?
  • Connection. How well and easy can I share information with the world?
  • Brand. Who is behind the system or tool?  I will need them.  I want to be their fan.  Will they help when I get stuck?  Can I get excited about the people as well as the product?

Knowledge work gets done with our own constructed systems.  We can create an integrated experience for ourselves in how we use our tools.

How do you approach building your systems?  Feel free to comment below.

Published by Don Dalrymple

I partner with founders and entrepreneurs in startup businesses. I write and consult on strategy, systems, team building and growing revenue.

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