Adding something is easy, adding value is harder. Is this thing I’m working on actually making the product more valuable for people? Can they get more out of it than they did before? There’s a fine line between adding value and subtracting value. Sometimes adding is subtracting. Too much catsup can ruin the fries. Value is about balance.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this for a while now. While 37signals raises this conversation about work projects, it’s applicable far beyond the office.
There’s a bigger post on this coming. Stay tuned.