Vision – Seeing Your Projects Potential Through Your Eyes
Technology has solved many problems as well as enhanced many aspects of our daily lives. To say this came about from our general desire to live better is an understatement at best. Technology has provided us with the ability to generate discussion, share ideas and innovation, see and do things we haven’t seen before and grow closer as a global community.
It Begins with a vision
Each one of a technology’s innovations began with a vision. Each project begins once the vision is seen and understood.
Seeing your vision grow with you
Teams cannot achieve success unless there is a clear understanding of your project vision from the start.
Working with your team, stakeholders, project liaison, development teams with a deep experience, enables them to see your vision and plan out the strategy to creating a solution you will be very happy with.
An Approach to Understanding your Project Vision
Working closely with your project resources, discovery and analysis teams observes your current solutions or processes, identify key challenges and opportunities for improvement. This will help define your road map to project success.
Enabling your vision to reality begins and eventually ends with development and testing.
It is important to choose a development team with a diverse background in software solutions. This will come from unique skill-sets learned from many various project deliverables to date.
Many companies believe that sticking to development teams, specializing in their specific vertical, is key. This is a misconception. Great development teams are not locked to a specific vertical. They use their experience across multiple verticals to deliver exceptional results.
Understanding the Big Picture and Establishing Goals
Understand that responding to change is a natural part of the project process. While teams must follow a plan, your vision will eventually guide the project in a series of well-defined turns toward goals that will drive and inspire the project team.
Your projects initial goals are examined with respect to the big picture, identifying its potential as a productivity or profitability solution for your clients or customers. Is your vision solidifying or improving market share? Perhaps your vision includes delivering more value to your customer base.
These questions and more, as a result of the discussion, help to prioritize and identify what your vision demands. For example, new activities, urgent activities and/or new sources identified to meet your project vision goals.
As work begins on the big picture goals of your vision, the result of that analysis is clear enough to guide short-term decision making, which of course should be reviewed at regular intervals.
Examining Variable and Execution Prioritization
Diverse technical experience is a must. Having had the opportunity to collaborate on many projects, will bring a deep understanding of what is required from the team to make your project shine. Knowing that many variables affect the project path forward, addressing any complications that may present themselves in the initial stages is critical. For example:
· Does your project vision require new product design or will it be similar to an existing design in use.
· Where is the project in 1, 3, 5 years? This may set a different infrastructure for the system based on second, third, fourth.. tier or stage growth.
· Does the organization have resources available to work with the development team and are dedicated to completing the project?
· What does MVP look like?
Answers to these questions and many others related to your project vision, can drive a stakeholder team to determine (based on value) the start date and most important needs of the project in its initial stage. From the answers given, prioritization of key requirements will be identified for both your business team and developers, working in tandem. This information should now be used in the formation of a Product Backlog.
Project Vision and the Product Backlog
Simply put, the Product Backlog contains all the information required to see your vision through to reality. It contains a list of all the things that need to be completed within the project. Think of it as more of an art than science. It can be the difference between delivering real momentum to a project and one that feels like a constant struggle for unified understanding.
The Product Backlog prioritizes what sequence of activities needs to be accomplished and what steps need to be taken in what order following each accomplishment. This is a living document that shifts as needed, giving the organization flexibility to meet changing requirements.
Your project vision lives in the Product Backlog and remains the single key document used to clearly communication between the project team and stakeholders.
Regardless of any framework used to complete a project, your vision is the one key constant that guides the project from concept to completion. Understanding your vision is what enables teams to succeed in delivering the very best solution you would have come to expect.