HBR: 5 Questions to Get Your Project Team on the Same Page

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Above is the link to the HBR article.  I believe anyone can get access.

Here’s the opening paragraph:

When a misaligned project team succeeds, it’s an accident. Without alignment — that is, a shared understanding and commitment — team members work at cross-purposes and doom projects to failure. Unfortunately, it’s an easy trap to fall into. When project managers simply assume their team is aligned, or when they accept head-nodding and verbal confirmations as proxies for actual alignment, the risk of failure increases dramatically.

I think the same applies to a Scrum Team.

The article proposes that you have a conversation with your Team members regarding 5 key questions.

To summarize, these are the  5 questions that Timothy Clark (the author) is proposing:

  • What is your understanding of the project?
  • What concerns do you have?
  • How do you see your role?
  • What do you need?
  • How would you describe your current commitment to the project?

Pretty darn good questions.

We could talk about this same basic stuff in different terms.  Still, misalignment and his other terms work pretty well for me.

Go, ask, discuss, learn, improve.  (Maybe read at the link first.)




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