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A new guide for effective startup planning

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It can be summarized as, you should have 3-5 top-level objectives, and each of these should have a couple of key results associated with it.

I expect most people could scale this system successfully by gradually increasing the amount of time spent on each session, with more time in deep discussion — and also by assigning a project manager to run it.

This culture of accountability was a huge change for us – and a really positive one.Our original lack of accountability for each goal was exacerbated by the fact that we didn t have any mechanism for in-quarter check-ins on the goals.

Goals are green if you expect to accomplish them on time, even if you re still two months away from the deadline.

We are good at the work of looking back and being transparent about where we are, but there s a lot of room for improving how we tie that work to how we operate.Lastly, I hate that our goals are built around quarters.

I d much prefer a Kanban-style planning system that would allow us to have a very high-fidelity plan for what we re working on now, and a quality backlog for what we ll do as goals complete.I hope this helps you improve your own plans and execution, even if just by convincing you that they matter.Luke Kanies is CEO and founder of Puppet.

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