Astro didn’t really visit us last month at Jana. In fact, while I’d love to meet him in person, he hasn’t yet been to our office as far as I know.
However, we did hold our periodic product planning “offsite,” and we used an exercise that is attributed to him. Here’s how it works.
Close your eyes and imagine the worst thing that could possibly happen professionally. Maybe it’s a big competitor getting into your space, launching a product with some of the awesome things on your roadmap. Maybe it’s a regulatory change or something else outside your control that radically changes your strategy.
Whatever is it, imagine it’s just happened. Let that sink for a minute. Now open your eyes, and start talking about the things you could’ve / should’ve done to prepare for this moment.
Once you have that list, look at it, and ask yourself: should we do any of these things now?
This, of course, is a form of scenario planning. Have you found other forms of scenario planning more useful than others? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Our teams found this exercise quite useful and insightful. So thank you, Astro, for helping 🙂 You’re totally welcome to visit our new office!
And, by the way, we’re hiring.