Some quick thoughts on execution, and speed:
Sometimes the temptation to be perfect is overwhelming.
We work towards perfection because we’re told that it’s worth aspiring and achieving. The problem for you and me is that perfection for some is rubbish for others, especially when your product reaches beyond the early adopter pool of people.
There are so many cliches around this thinking, some of which are below:
Release early, release often
Minimum Viable Product
Lean Startup Thinking
What they all say is that getting out the door with something working is favorable to pretty much everything else.
Just get your shit out there for people to use.
It’s something I have to remind myself of every day, because the temptation is to labour over every pixel, every word, every line of code, so that it’s perfect. But perfect doesn’t pay the bills.
To me, that is execution.
* I guess one caveat to this is not to build up so much technical debt, or otherwise, that you can’t recover.