This talk is based on my blog post of the same title (https://bit.ly/2nOFQuM) that went viral and received over 50K views on Medium and LinkedIn. Product managers’ reaction to GIST has been overwhelmingly positive, and I since signed a deal to publish a book on the topic (coming Sep-Oct).
– The way we plan today is fundamentally flawed and limiting. We sequence the planning waterfall-like, kill many ideas and use arcane tools like timeline roadmaps to manage progress. This planning process hurts innovation and culture.
– Goals, Ideas, Step-projects and Tasks is a new planning framework based on the concepts of Lean startup and Agile.
– No split of ideation, planning and execution — they all happen concurrently all the time
– Goals rather than vague strategy statements.
– Idea banks rather than product backlogs.
– Short sub-quarter step-projects rather than long multi-quarter/multi-year projects.
– No betting on just a few big ideas that take forever to implement — we test many ideas quickly and pursue the ones that work.
– Iterations — we revisit every part of the plan regularly and systematically and stay agile at all levels.
I started developing GIST while working at Google (Zurich) and further adapted it over the years based on the principles of Lean Startup and Agile Development. I’ve introduced it to multiple companies and the results are very consistent — lightweight plans that are built for change, lower management overhead, improved team velocity and autonomy, better cross-company alignment and ultimately better products and solutions.