Tiago Forte’s JiT PM series is
perhaps the most paradigm shifting piece I’ve read this year.
I’m sure I’ll write about multiple of the concepts presented, but the one of downscoping deliverables was the most immediately usable for me.
Most of us think of a project in terms of it’s end result.
But what about all the intermediate deliverables? How can you downscope the end result and then expose it to others for feedback?
For example: if you want to write a book, first write a blog post, but even before that, write an outline. Put that outline on Twitter as a tweetstorm and get feedback on it.
In the best case, you’ve done work you needed to anyway and got confirmation that it is something people want.
In the worst case, people don’t want it and you’ve saved yourself time and effort down the line.
And on a psychological level, a smaller deliverable makes it much more likely that you’ll actually get it done.
Writing a book is a big task.
So big that you might just put it off forever.
But a tweetstorm? You can get that done today.