“All our movies suck at first. Braintrust meetings help us figure out why they suck and how to make them not suck.” | Ed Catmull (paraphrased)
I love this note from Ed Catmull. It does three things at once.
First, it speaks to the power of systems (in this case, the Braintrust meeting) that help provide a steady flow of constructive feedback.
Second, it reminds us of the power of feedback that helps us diagnose problems and thus help us fix them.
And, finally, if all of Pixar’s movies suck at first, it is likely our first attempts will suck as well. Best to just assume that to be the case and learn to welcome any and all insight that helps us ship better work.