• 4. Current State

    “How are things now?”

    The goal of this phase is to see, really see, the state of things as they are now.

    <div class="info">This may seem like the easiest part, but it’s the most emotionally challenging. That’s because you’ve been dreaming up until now, and the gap between what you imagine, and what you see, can be quite painful.</div>

  • 5. Brainstorming

    “What are some ways we can accomplish this?”

    The goal of this phase is to produce as many ideas as possible.

  • 6. Next Actions

    Visible, physical actions.

    Start with general groupings, break it down until you get to “surely doables”, then stop.

    <div class="info">When you’re done planning and ready for action, you can move this card to the top for convenience.</div>

  • <div class="info">This is meant to be a living plan, not a static one. Keep revisiting and redefining each section, as much as necessary. If problems arise, revist. If project gets stuck, revisit. At whatever level necessary.</div>

  • Idea List (<span id="cards-amount"></span> ideas so far)

    Gather as many people as you can for this stage, to get as many ideas as you can.

    Start throwing ideas out there as they come.

    Four simple Rules:

    1. Focus on Quantity.
    2. Withold criticisim.
    3. Welcome unusual ideas.
    4. Combine and improve ideas.

    <div class="info">When you start slowing down, use the techniques below to generate even more.</div>

  • Creativity Techniques

  • Overview

    <div class="info">Once you’re done brainstorming, determine the very next physical, visible actions needed to move the project forward. Include who’s responsible by @tag.</div>

  • Some random idea

  • Another even crazier idea

  • Another one.

  • Use “What if” questions to trigger the imagination.

    • What if constraints were 10x more stringent?
    • What if you had all the resources in the world to do this?
    • What if you could ask anyone for advice on this. Who would it be, and what would you ask?
  • First physical, visible action step.

    <div class="info">If you’re stalled, it’s likely that you need to think more about the detailed steps. Keep breaking it down, as many levels as necessary, until you know exactly what needs to be done.</div>

  • Another next action. @john

  • Another multi-part action step

    <div class="info">A rule of thumb: keep going until your list of actions are definitely doable and within your control.</div>

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Brainstorming\n> \"What are some ways we can accomplish this?\"\n\nThe goal of this phase is to produce **as many ideas as possible**."},{"_id":"541bb512f99783a551a480a5","treeId":"541bb512f99783a551a48085","seq":674281,"position":1,"parentId":"541bb512f99783a551a480a4","content":"## Idea List (<span id=\"cards-amount\"></span> ideas so far)\nGather **as many people** as you can for this stage, to get **as many ideas** as you can.\n\nStart throwing ideas out there as they come.\n\nFour simple Rules:\n1. Focus on Quantity.\n2. Withold criticisim.\n3. Welcome unusual ideas.\n4. 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