Monday, October 29, 2012

Team visions

A vision is an often missing piece from software development teams. It is a powerful technique because it allows them to envision where they ultimately want to go. This allows for focus and then they can then take small steps to get there.

I've found that teams rarely know where they want to go other than a loose self organising team or high performing team. Not having a vision can stop them from making effective improvements in how they work. Small changes are made but can be scatter shot. Eventually they may become an effective self organising team, but not as quickly as they could have.

So if you don't have a vision create one in your next retrospective. It can be a lot of fun discussing what you want your team to be like in an ideal state. Just remember though, the vision should be revisited occasionally because it can change over time.

Does your team have a vision?

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