The new year is time for retrospective and planning. What is normally done every quarter by most product development teams is done more intensely during the turn of the year, together with other areas of the company, and for the entire new year. It is the yearly planning process, that normally comes together with the budgeting process. What will we do this year that is just beginning? What are the main projects we will work on during the year?
Even though planning is super important to have clarity about what projects are most important for the new year, this list of projects may make you lose sight of a very important aspect of planning, the “why”.
It’s not uncommon to see the new year planning for a product development team, and even for the entire company, as a list of projects. To help you see your list of projects in a different angle, add 2 columns:
I already discussed the issues of having a solution-oriented mindset vs a problem-oriented mindset but when it comes to new year planning, this issue gets even more troublesome. The benefits of having clarity about the problems you want to solve and for whom are you planning to solve these problems are:
So grab your list of projects and create these two columns, problems to be solved with each project and for whom the problems will be solved. This will help you focus on the most important things for this new year.
I wish you a happy and problem-oriented 2020!!! \o/
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