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North Star Questions and Principles

I think it is easy to lose focus, especially in a startup. There is always too much to do, so much to learn and explore, changing pressures, limited resources…and the list goes on. For me, I gain comfort and clarity from North Star Questions and Principles.

These are a few key questions or ideas that either

I like to have 2 sets of questions/principles:

Examples of a general set might include:

Examples of specific questions/ideas might include:

There are others and some of these might need more explanation, but I hope you get the idea.

The daily questions in a Strategy Bridge or Agile Standup are examples of North Star Questions.

These north stars can be useful when building a Strategy Bridge, during (or planning for) an IPM, or simply when you need to take a moment and collect your thoughts. You don’t always need to go through all of them; sometimes a single question can lead to an insight.

As with most ideas, I suggest you iterate. Periodically (every few weeks to a month) cull and prioritize the sets. I think 3–5 questions/ideas in each set are a good place to start, but more, or less, are fine.

Originally published at justideas.io.



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Christian Sepulveda

espresso fanatic, coder (still), VP Engineering Bastille, …yeah, espresso comes first. https://christiansepulveda.com