Learn the process of involving multiple stakeholders over time in an effort to refine your final story
- Once you've identified the stakeholders…you're going to get perspectives from…and iterate on your story,…the story will change.…Let me walk through what that can look like.…Maybe I start with an idea of…we should do this idea because Point 1.…And I go to my manager and he says,…hey, that's a great idea,…but you should also think about Point 2.…And my story changes, and it goes,…here's the idea,…Point 1 and Point 2 as my supporting points.…Then I go talk to a smart peer,…and I say hey, here's my great idea,…and it's Point 1 and Point 2.…
And she may offer the perspective of…isn't Point 2 more important than Point 1?…Shouldn't you talk about that first?…And my story changes.…And then I start speaking with key stakeholders…in Finance, and HR, and IT,…and I ask them what concerns do you have?…And they offer a bunch of concerns,…and they show up under Point 1 and Point 2.…And yes, some of those concerns may be irrelevant…to this idea.…And I note them, and I set them aside.…And the story gets more robust.…
Then I go spend time with my nemesis.…
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- Using the Structured Thought and Communication method
- Selecting an architecture style for your idea
- Testing your idea
- Refining your idea into a story
- Identifying the required facts
- Proving and disproving hypotheses
- Choosing a communication format
- Finalizing your presentation