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22 March 2009

Maintaining a Shared Vision

Filed under: Project Management — Tags: — admin @ 21:08

Creating a shared vision consists of establishing and actively maintaining agreement and commitment about what is to be done and how it will be done.
A shared vision is a result of an ongoing dialog among all the people working on the project.

The objectives of a shared vision are:
-Facilitating people working together.
-Helping people to attain unity of purpose.
-Creating a common understanding.

Attention: unrealistic proclamations can transform the shared vision into a source of frustration

Define the focus, for example:

The main focus is the success of the project and the customer satisfaction, all along the project life.

Define the Project Structure:

The project structure describes the caps (or roles) and relationships (or interfaces) for a software development project:
-Several caps may be put on one head.
-One cap may be worn by several heads.
-The represented relationships would describe the official communication stream (or process).

Obtain Assignment Acceptance:

People and activities assignments result from an agreement between Project Manager and Assigned person.
When no solution can be found, or for important responsibilities, the acceptance of higher-level management and/or other stakeholders will be required.

Other Areas to be considered:

  • Common Values
  • Team Empowerment and Independence
  • Decision Making
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Proposed Products and Tools
  • Constraints
  • Expectations
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