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Exec Leadership / Design 02

HiPPO is not uncommon in a startup where design decisions were originally made from the subjectivity of personal tastes. This can hinder the design process from ever maturing into a competitive advantage.

I have experienced such a precedent that enabled a chain of command to override best design practices and operations, from the leadership’s lack of familiarity with the domain.

Course-correcting this situation is unlikely when expediency has justified this MO. Change may not happen until an exit, or the next funding event.