Product as Hero Storyboard

Product as Hero Storyboard

Long time readers know I am completely obsessed with story architecture, and use it in many things: writing (of course), presentations and even product design. I have a version of the story   that is particularly useful when trying to design…

Tracking and Evaluating OKRs

Tracking and Evaluating OKRs

Two weeks before the end of the quarter, it’s time to grade your OKRs, and plan for the next cycle. After all, you want to hit the ground running on day one of Q2, right? There are two common systems…

The Secret to a Great Presentation

The Secret to a Great Presentation

The class I teach is called “Story,” and the first assignment was to give a “TEDette.” I defined the project as a five minute talk using a personal story to make an audience care about a scientific principle. Y’know, like…

Why Use OKRs?

Why Use OKRs?

Ben Lamorte, coach at okrs.com, tells this story[i] “My mentor and advisor, Jeff Walker, the guy who introduced me to OKRs once asked me, “When you go on a hike, do you have a destination?” I paused since I was…

The Only Silver Bullet

The Only Silver Bullet

It’s a beautiful day on the baylands, and I’m walking along, looking at the tall golden grass and blossoming fennel, waiting for my kid to get out of school. I’m having a Clarity conversation with a CEO of a startup….

The Myths of Product Management

The Myths of Product Management

There have been a bunch of articles lately from designers on product management in the Silicon Valley. It’s making me slightly crazy, so I’m going to write a short and sloppy essay from my perspective. I’ve been a designer, a…

Getting Started with OKRs

Getting Started with OKRs

Just like new technologies,  methodologies can suffer from the hype cycle.  OKRs are no exception; I’ve met a number of people deeply disillusioned with OKRs and unwilling to give them a second chance. But just like Lean or Agile, just because a…

A Library of Visual Thinking

A Library of Visual Thinking

Over the last two years, I’ve deeply committed to working visually. I’ve sketchnoted talks, used visual stories to innovate, and taught a few hundred people to do the same. Over and over I have found this approach improves both quality,…

The Timing of OKRs

The Timing of OKRs

If you have looked over my radical focus OKR approach and are ready to put into place OKR’s, you’ll want to plan out the timing for implementation. Assuming you’ve done a training (or done your research), and everyone understands and is…

A Meeting to Set OKRs

A Meeting to Set OKRs

Setting OKRs is hard. It involves taking a hard look at your company, and it involves having a ton of difficult conversations about making choices about where the company should go. Here’s how I run an OKR setting meeting with…