Starting a Startup: Project Kilo Lima Day 1

Documenting the development of the prototype of RopeWeaver

Development of the Project Kilo Lima operations management system begins today, and I’m not in the least bit terrified [lying].

First job: need to determine robust database design to store bills of material, it underpins everything. Start at 8.00 a.m., by 9.45 a.m. I have a structure that I’m happy with. It was stressful until then; convinced myself I was going to fail, that I was already behind schedule, that I should have some UI working by now. The start is always hard; I spend the rest of the day flipping back and forth between database table design, object model coding, login screen, and getting the CSS to make lists appear with square bullet points.

Lunch is beans and sausages on 2 slices of brown toast.

At 3.00 p.m. I listen to a live webinar by Dr Ted Hutchin from the TOC-Lean Institute while I work. My cork board is delivered. Strung it using one of the millions of 3mm audio cables I own, and hung it on the wall above my desk. The first pinned notes are the Gantt chart of the work to be done over the next 12 months, and company revenue estimates until 2013.