Using Vision as a Filter

In a recent Humanizing Work Show episode, How to Craft A Vision Statement That’s Not Just Corporate Speak, we talked about the value of a vivid vision statement as a tool for alignment and inspiration, and we shared a method for quickly and collaboratively creating one.

Great visions paint a vivid picture of a better future you want to create. They’re not bland corporate speak about “being a market leader” and “delighting customers.”

As we said in the episode, when you get vision right, it does inspire and motivate people to help realize that vision. But equally important, a strong vision can also help you make the right decisions at a smaller scale.

Once you have a vivid vision, here are some questions you can ask to increase the likelihood of making that vision a reality:

  • Does this particular work item move us towards our vision?
  • What do we need to do more of if we want to realize our vision?
  • How will we need to behave if we want to make our vision more likely to be realized?
  • What do we need to do less of if we want to realize our vision?
  • What skills do we need on our team to realize our vision?
  • What’s complex about our vision? How might we address that complexity early-on?
  • What’s the constraint that’s most limiting our progress towards our vision? What action might we take to address that constraint?
  • Out of various alternatives we’re considering, which one moves us closest to the vision for a given investment of resources (time, energy, money, political capital, etc.)?

8 Questions towards Vision

To go deeper on writing a great collaborative vision, join us for an upcoming Certified Scrum Product Owner workshop. We don’t talk much about Scrum. Instead, we focus on practical skills so you can create better outcomes for your team, stakeholders, and customers as soon as you get back to work the next week. There’s still room in our upcoming workshop—join us!

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