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Starting - creative prompts
# Prompts for beginning new projects
start:
- "#5ps#"
- "#heart#"
- "#disirability_feasibility_viability#"
- "#practical_step#"
- "#build#"
- "#story#"
- "#ooda#"
- "#morale#"
- "#audience#"
- "#you#"
- "#aha#"
- "#strategy#"
- "#selling#"
5ps:
- "5 Ps: #purpose#"
- "5 Ps: #principles#"
- "5 Ps: #priorities#"
- "5 Ps: #plan#"
purpose:
- What is the job to be done?
- Why should this exist?
- Where do we want to be in the future?
- What will we deliver?
- Write down why you started this.
- What do you want out of this?
principles:
- What are the non-negotiables?
- What are the key strategies?
- How will we act?
priorities:
- How do we decide what to compromise?
- What is the framework for tradeoffs?
plan:
- Do a workback
- What are the known dates?
- What are the forcing functions?
- What are the bottlenecks?
people:
- Who is accountable for it?
- If you it to happen, make it a job title.
- Who is the absolute best in the world for this? What motivates them?
- Work the rolodex.
- Can I find a way to do it without the best people?
heart:
- What is the truth that I need to tell?
- Find the fun
- What am I drawn to?
- Would this still exist if I disappeared tomorrow?
- Remember your passion.
- What is the right thing to do?
- What truth needs to be heard?
- What do I believe with a deep and abiding passion?
- What do I want to see in this world?
disirability_feasibility_viability:
- "#disirability#"
- "#feasibility#"
- "#viability#"
disirability:
- What could I make that would cause burning desire?
feasibility:
- Blue sky
- Brass tacks
- What is the bottleneck?
viability:
- Who wants to buy this?
- Money is a constraint that defines how long you may operate.
practical_step:
- Make a list.
- Make a mind map.
morale:
- What would build energy?
- What would make you excited?
- What would make progress quickly?
build:
- Start with a toy.
- Copy something with immaculate consistency.
- Build to think.
- Create some choices.
- Modularize later.
- Chewing gum and string.
- Make progress as fast as possible.
audience:
- "What makes them #emotion.lowercase#?"
- "What do they want out of this?"
- "What's in it for them?"
you:
- "What makes you #emotion.lowercase#?"
- "What do you want out of this?"
- "What's in it for you?"
emotion:
- Excited
- Afraid
- FOMO
- Inspired
- Excited
- Ah-ha
story:
- What is, what could be, call to action.
ooda:
- What phase of the OODA loop am I in now? Refocus tactics on that phase.
- "OODA: #observe#"
- "OODA: #orient#"
- "OODA: #decide#"
- "OODA: #act#"
observe:
- What are my go-to-tools for observation? What tools do others use?
- What are the processess in play?
- What is happening around me? Why?
- Try shadowing someone.
- Follow a process through to its end.
- Walk the factory floor.
orient:
- How do I orient when faced with a new problem space?
decide:
- Is it better to make decisions quickly or carefully?
act:
- How can you measure the outcome?
- What are the key metrics?
aha:
- Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see. (Schopenhauer)
selling:
- Ask for buy-in.
- Ask people to work against their better judgement.
- Ask people to go with their gut.
- Ask a favor.
strategy:
- Where can you go that no one else will?
- An element of surprise.
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