Review Cadence Launch: 8/27/2021

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Back in July, I wrote about the idea of building a slow, boring product. At the beginning of August, I announced that I would be starting work on an SBP of my own and my hope at that time was to have a minimum viable product (MVP) released before the end of the month. 

Well, I am happy to announce that I launched the MVP of Review Cadence earlier this week!

It’s a scrappy, lean implementation that only has the core pieces of functionality that I hope to build, but at least I have a working version out in the wild. 

I won’t go into the details of the process, but if you’re interested in some of the milestones along the way, I published an announcement blog post that summarizes the process from idea to launch.

I have also put together a Collections page on my website that aggregates all the various information relating to the project. It is the Central Hub for following the Review Cadence work that I’m doing. 

Anyways, it’s been a lot of early mornings, late nights, and weekend work to get to this point, but I am extremely excited to have something that I can now iterate against.

I have lots of ideas about where the project could go, but my immediate focus will be to start building out some core, under-the-hood functionality like an authentication system (login/out) and wiring up a full-blown database to keep data longer than a single session. 

My initial vision for the project was to put something into the world that would make it a better place. I am a direct witness to the power of self-assessment and building tools that help others leverage that power is something I’m deeply committed to. 

The project has a lot of potential. Here are a few ideas off the top of my head:

  • Coaches who want to provide their clients with tools for self-assessment. Reviews can be conducted, printed off, and sent to the coach for accountability.
  • Younger people & students who are learning how to build systems in their life that help them process the world and set goals for themselves.
  • Entrepreneurs or established executives looking for a repeatable process of self-assessment to help them stay accountable and move forward. 
  • People in recovery who are trying to get their life back on track and need a tool to guide them through the process of reflection and goal setting.
  • Organizations who want to invest in their employees and provide a tool to help them stay productive and connected to an overall vision.

The possibilities are endless. I’m sure there are a bunch of other use cases that I haven’t even thought about. 

Anyways, I hope you’ll give it a spin. As I mentioned on Twitter when I announced the launch, it’s not perfect, but it’s shipped.

I believe that people can still find value in an imperfect product. And my hope is that even this MVP release of Review Cadence will help someone extract valuable lessons from their lives and achieve the goals they set for themselves - all in an effort to make the world a better place. 

If you decide to give the project a try, let me know what you think. You can send comments via a feedback form I’ve set up, or you can send me a note on Twitter. I’d love to hear from you. 

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