The Element of Surprise

Good Enough happens to be a remote team. This isn't from some strongly-held belief that remote is best, but rather as a side effect of how we all happened to meet each other. We met remotely, we did not end up all moving into some commune, and so to work together we must work remotely.

Recently we have been talking about what motivates us. The things we said in that conversation could probably turn into a really useful blog post, but I'm not going to write about them right now. I will share that my biggest motivation happens to be this small team itself.

To be able to be in a group like Good Enough where everyone has incredible experience to bring to bear, well, it’s just a complete joy. One of the many benefits fully remote affords is that of surprise. In just a few short months I’m already getting surprised almost daily by the things this team has built.

Not walking past a colleague's computer and seeing what they're working on. Not taking a break with a coworker and chit-chatting about what they're glueing together. Not running into a peer in the workout facility and asking what they're up to. It all adds up to the serendipity of no serendipity.

An example of this lies in one of the prototypes that we've been working on over the past couple of weeks. When we first thought seriously of the idea, Arun surprised us with a front-end-only version of it. After getting going, I left work to travel to my nephew's graduation and suddenly Arun had built out large swaths of a working prototype. Then one day I come in to work to James's real-time-updating upgrade to the prototype. And the next day I wake up to Lettini's design layer that brings a whole new perspective on how to interact with the potential product.

It all feels a little like magic. It reminds me that I live at a fortunate time where we can conjure digital products, seemingly from the ether. It's that wonderful sort of surprise that has me smiling from ear to ear.