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Why you should stop using product roadmaps and try GIST Planning

tl;dr version of https://medium.com/@itamargilad/why-i-stopped-using-product-roadmaps-and-switched-to-gist-planning-3b7f54e271d1

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.

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The most important thing Dropbox did to scale Product Management