GIST for Personal Planning

Staying productive is as challenging to me as it is for most people. Procrastination, constant feeling of not doing enough, working long hours — I have all the symptoms. However, as I started working with companies and observed their notion of productivity, often keeping everyone busy chasing projects that lead nowhere, I started seeing the flaws in […]

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Escaping the Vicious Cycle of Plan & Execute

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Well-thought-out strategies change seemingly every other quarter. 9-month projects that take two years to complete. Disgruntled managers talking about “low velocity”, “lack of ‘can do’ culture”. Skeptical employees talking about lack of vision, bad planning, politics. Spending lots of time on planning, replanning, scope-downs Disappointing launches that customers generally

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Why you should stop using product roadmaps and try the GIST Framework

Why I Quit Product Roadmaps Over the years I created my fair share of product strategies, product roadmaps and project gantts. I don’t do them anymore. I found a better alternative which I’ll explain below. First, here’s what I used to do: This form of planning is a ton of work — just getting all stakeholders to

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Case Study: How Fever uses A/B experiments and data analysis to double customer lifetime value

Last April mobile event discovery startup, Fever, invited me to help with its growth initiative. Fever helps users discover and book events — from parties to fashion, food and fitness. The service gained traction in Madrid, New York, London and other cities, generating over 3 million bookings last year, and reaching a unique monthly audience of over

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