This is the 7th sprint (1st week of October 2019) of our digital product design and development journey. Glass octopus is our journal of how we design and develop our digital product, as transparent as we can. We hope our story helps you in your startup journey, and as a message to all digital entrepreneur that you’re not alone in your journey.
Letting go of friend
For us who have small team, our team member is like a family to us. Losing one of your key team member would have a significant impact to your organisation stability and your team morale. One of our key member resigned last week due to a sudden event and we cannot be sadder to let her go.
Letting Diny who was our key team member and our friend is hard, mut we must step aside of our emotion and prepare for the event next week. We believe things will get better, both for Diny and for all of us in RPS.
This is the hardest biweekly journal. Still tried to cope all events that passed in the last two weeks. One of our crew should left the ship to chase her future. It's hard decision that we and her made. But I hope this is wise decision that we all made.
She's all ears when it comes to listening to me. Little chit chat in the morning, every problem that I faced, every anger and disappointed, I talked to her. Sometimes I felt maybe she annoyed because I'm too chatty.
Even though we mourn and sad about the decision, the ship should keep sailing. I still have two weeks until mid of October to adapt. By that time, she will fully off from the ship.
Back to my progress, in the last 2 weeks, I focused on finishing Indonesian version of template. My target was finished it maximum until the end of September, so on October I had more or less 6 days to prepared for Techinasia event. And yes, I finished it well in early October. I'm quite happy to finished it after a month persistent to do it everyday. Now I can focus on preparing the event. I'll be on my feet by that time, without Diny accompany me. But I know I can pass it somehow #fingercrossed
It's hard to believe that just 2 and a half years ago I started out as a "researcher" on WCKD project. From that time until 2 years later when I became a "digital content planner" for RPS, I have learned oh-so-many things, not only in professional terms but also about life.
I'm headed off to begin my next chapter exploring the future of mine. I'm excited about my future while I continue to be excited about RPS accomplishments ahead.
If I could leave my thought, I'll remember what Captain's says:
"Nana korobi, ya oki! Fall down seven times, rise eight"
No matter how many times you get knocked down, you get up again.
This isn't goodbye, we never know what life has to offer, but whenever our paths might cross, we all already at our own best state.
P.S: I completed all of my tasks as my responsibility to the company. One thing for sure, I will never leave anything with irresponsible actions. That's my commitment to working-life. I hope all my work can be useful later on in the company.
Thanking youse and May the Universe treat us well.
Hendri Augustine Sugiarto
The hardest part of building your own startup, is more often than not you need to make a decision, even if that means it goes against your heart. RPS has managed to survive and we wouldn’t be able to do so if it’s not because of Diny and Aurora. And now Diny is no longer part of RPS. It’s hard for me to process all the information, and I don’t think I have fully let the situation sink in partly because I still need to prepare for TechInAsia event next week. I understand all of our preparation for the TechInAsia event is no longer a valid plan because of this issue, and most of my effort to mitigate the risk has fallen short. This time, I will entirely leave it up to the Universe.
The reason why I got so devastated after Diny’s left RPS, is because she has gain her place as a family of RPS.
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