Having made a moniker name called theUnknownPM kinda makes it impossible for me to push my own products so instead let me do the next worst thing for a moment and engage in random philosphy. How do you know if you are a success or a failure at what you are doing? Are you a good witch or a bad witch and how do you know the difference? I mean how do you judge these things and should you? Yeah the easy answer is don’t but then how do you improve anything if you don’t have any metrics? OMG the person sitting next to me just read the title and started clapping his hands… which makes me laugh. He’s happy evidently but is that the company that makes him happy or the excess sugar from the special K he is chewing on that is really making him clap? A bit over a year ago I decided to start my own company and well, we are on a second rev of a game, we have outlets in the local school system, we may get some funding for a full blown science game, we might also develop some state of the art development tools to sell in the process and we are few developing friendships in the industry. However I haven’t got a board of directors together like I should yet, my business model(s) have yet to be tested until rev 2 is done, and no matter what I do there is always so much more. At the end of the day how should I gauge the success? I suppose there are three metrics 1) How much is the product helping people learn in a way they enjoy more? 2) Are the people at the company personally growing and having a good time? 3) has a sustainable business model been developed to ensure a good thing keeps going and gets out to the maximum people?
Is it a good idea to have metrics on your life and business? Demeaning or necessary? Sugar high or real happiness and does it matter? You decide.