[Creation Cycle] Project Hypothesis Template
Projects are expensive. Working on a project without a goal is even more expensive. This template provides a Simple Scalable System to declare target outcomes and lead effective creation cycles.
Causes of Ineffective Projects
Some common factors that lead to ineffective projects:
- Unclear project goals.
- Feature creep.
- Unclear learnings / takeaways from project (or even false takeaways with data cherrypicking).
Running Effective Project Cycles
Most of these problems can be resolved with a clear, specific project hypothesis. This gives direction and structure to a given creation cycle to keep effort on track and on the most impactful things.
- Clear hypothesis for impact.
- Clear reasoning for why we believe this is useful.
- Clear methods for proving / disproving.
I've crafted this template through hundreds of different creation cycles across organizations large and small - from systems handling trillions of requests a day to startups I launch in 72 hours. It doesn't guarantee that a project will be successful but it does ensure that the effort we put into this creation cycle leads to progress, not waste.
Project Hypothesis Template