6 years 6 months 16 days
That is the time I spent on the first product of my first job. And today it is being shelved.
A sense of disappointment creeps in as the day ends and I close all the files and terminals related to it. It was a journey that saw a lot of ups and downs. And quite a lot of challenges. We worked hard to overcome those, many of which were our own manifestations, which we call bugs :P
We researched quite a lot of flows, developed them into reality and executed them to be production worthy, beyond exquisite demos that impressed many at the DAC - I had been part of three of them.
The product went over major overhauls and integration to make it more user friendly. It saw many customers awestruck with its potential and impressed with the results.
Yet there were details that seemed Greek and Arabic to novices. Alas! It is so difficult to unlearn the way people are used to "create" and learn a better way and spend time being "creative" and "explore".
In the end, it comes down to how much can the company wait for the product to mature and give returns as per its potential. And it comes up to the people on how much they can put in to convince the users.
Adieu to the most revolutionary product in its space. In future, I hope it is picked off the shelf, dusted and relaunched in a better avatar overcoming its current flaws. I hope!