How we created a vision for our Product team in just three hours

  1. Envision a fantastic product team by 2024
  2. Make concrete plans to take a big step towards this vision in 2021.
The Miro board for our offsite: start to finish. (Not mean to be fully legible).
  1. 2020 retro: Understand the problems and successes of the past year of working in more detail
  2. Blue sky thinking — DP in 2024: Set out a vision of the future for our DP team
  3. A big first step — DP in 2021: Detail actual plans to move us toward this vision in 2024
The standout winner of our cupcake decorating competition (big points for composition)

1. The 2020 retro

We first began by refamiliarising ourselves on the immediate challenges we faced and the successes we had in 2020. Each of Gousto’s Tribes (the cross-functional groups tackling our biggest problems) — Growth, Menu, Supply — ran a STOP/START/CONTINUE retro. Each Tribe then grouped similar post-it notes into themes and dot voted on which ones they thought were most important.

A slice of Menu Tribe’s STARTs. Always lots to work on!
The combined top three STARTs of the Supply (grey), Growth (yellow), and Menu (blue) tribes

2. Blue sky thinking on DP 2024

Next, we put on our Elon hats to think big. Every person ideated what the best product team in 2024 would look like to them. We then grouped post-its together under larger themes, which were plentiful.

A slice of the themes that emerged from the initial ideation
  1. Product thinking
  2. Industry leaders
  3. Personal growth
  4. Culture & diversity

3. A big first step for DP in 2021

This exercise was the powerhouse of the whole offsite. Everyone chose one of the four themes that they were most interested in solving for and subdivided into groups to ideate 2021 plans for each.

This liberating structures technique has changed my life.

High-quality plan incoming!

I do not doubt that in 2021 that because of this offsite, we will be able to finalise a plan that is twice as effective than if Senior Leads in DP had approached it alone. Not only did we generate many excellent ideas, but we also now know who on the team is most keen to push those ideas forward. So when we allocate owners to specific improvement projects, we have the most passionate people tackling the work.

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