Thursday, August 05, 2021

The Agile Life: Defining You Vision

If we think of our lives as a continuous series of projects, one leading to the next and that one to the next, and if we apply the ideas of agile project management, we begin by establishing a vision and scope for each project. Given that the project we are attempting fits in with our life mission, then we are ready to set a scope for that project.

The scope of a project needs to establish a clear definition of what is to be done. What, specifically, would it look like to finish the project?

Scoping out exactly what "done" looks like is very important. Otherwise, it is difficult, if not impossible, to gauge progress or recognize when we have succeeded.

Thus, each project that is part of our life mission needs to be seen in light of clear, measurable outcomes. Without a clear and well-defined project scope, it is easy to get off track.

Here's another way to look at it: If you don't know what you are trying to do, you'll never know when you are done!