That old proverb isn’t true anymore.

I’m referring to the one that goes “if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together”. It’s true when you’re a small tribe in the desert.

But when your tribe is mired in the desert of meetings and trapped in the quicksand of indecision and about to strangled by the anaconda of … well, you get the picture.

You’ve probably guessed where I’m going this week. Into the new and uncharted territory of productive “sprints”.

Most projects consist of a series of meetings that look like this: 

 Usually, a team meets to discuss what we’re going to do. Then they go away and think about it. Then they reconvene to share thoughts. Then they realize that they need to do some research. Then they reconvene to decide but they realize that they haven’t got the authority. Then they meet with the decider and the whole thing starts all over again.

A “Sprint” consists of a series of meetings that look more like this:

I wish I could write more, but currently, I’m in the middle of a Sprint. (Actually, I’m lucky enough to be involved in THREE Sprints simultaneously.)

So you’ll have to watch this video instead. Click here.

It’s by the guy who wrote the book Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. Created the Google Ventures the sprint process and has run more than a hundred sprints with startups such as 23andme, Slack, Nest, and Foundation Medicine. Previously, Jake worked at Google, leading sprints for everything from Gmail to Google X.

Maybe it’ll inspire you to lead a sprint of your own. If so, drop me an email and I’ll help out as best I can, either by providing more links to good resources, by co-designing your sprint with you or even by facilitating your sprint for you or, if we agree I’m not the right guy, by finding someone who is.

 

 


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