Prototyping considered helpful

A while back, Paul Buchheit wrote a nice piece on rapid prototyping of new features in lieu of lots of upfront meetings and presentations.

Maybe that’s why I’m skeptical of ideas that are sold via brilliant speeches and slick powerpoints. Or maybe it’s because it’s too easy to overlook the messy details, or to get caught up in details that seem very important, but aren’t. I also get very bored by endless debate.

The point of this story, I think, is that you should consider spending less time talking, and more time prototyping, especially if you’re not very good at talking or powerpoint. Your code can be a very persuasive argument.

(You might not recognize the name ‘Paul Buchheit’; he’s otherwise known as “the guy who created GMail and AdSense for Google”.)