Over the years I created my fair share of product strategies, roadmaps and project gantts. I don’t do them anymore. I found a better alternative…
…This form of planning is a ton of work — just getting all stakeholders to agree is a massive undertaking, yet ROI is very low. The plans quickly go out of sync with reality — the longer they are the more they are wrong.
…[GIST] is a planning system that I started using while working at Google and further adapted over the years based on the principles of Lean Startup and Agile Development.
…Goals, Ideas, Step-projects, and Tasks. Each has a different planning horizon and frequency of change, and may use different tools to track, but together they constitute all the core planning any company and team needs to do.