Agile Pulse Model – Project goals

The purpose of project goals is to clearly and comprehensively describe what result the project is to deliver and what effects are expected from the result. At the same time, knowledge is transferred from the product team that has prepared input to the project team that will execute. The aim is to create a common picture in the project of what can be achieved.

Results from the Project goals workshops

Objectives and Key Results, OKR, that contains effect goals and product goals with properties and target values.

How results are to be generated

Work method. Group work with participants from project management, project members and the product team. Use the nominal group technique.

Premises and material. Workshop room. Whiteboard, post-it notes and pens/markers.

Step 1.

Define a vision for the project. A vision should :

  • Be brief.
  • Indicate the values the project will create.

Step 2.

Identify effect goals that are to be achieved with the project.

  • What customer needs do you wish to satisfy?
  • What problems do you wish to solve?
  • What opportunities do you wish to realise?
  • Do you intend to save money and cut cost?

Assess each post-it note – is it an effect goal and is it a relevant for this project? Any prod­uct goals can be put aside for lat­er.

Group the post-it notes. Apply a heading to each group of effect goals. Remove extraneous post-it notes.

Step 3.

Project goals example step 3 - Agile Pulse Model
Project goals example step 3 – Agile Pulse Model

 

Set properties and target values for each effect goal. Here, it is a matter of defining how the effect can be measured in concrete terms. How do you know that the effect has occurred? How far do you wish to go within each effect goal?

Work with one effect goal at a time. It is a good idea to work with several possible properties with possible target values. Mark questionable properties and target values with a question mark for later investigation.

Step 4.

Project goals example step 4 - Agile Pulse Model
Project goals example step 4 – Agile Pulse Model

 

Identify product goals.

  • What must the project deliv­er in order to achieve the ef­fect goals?
  • What are the central func­tions or results?
  • What must absolutely be included?

Assess each post-it note. Is it a product goal? Is it a relevant main result for this project? Subordinate product goals are put aside and saved for later planning.

Group the post-it notes. Apply a heading to each group of post-it notes. Remove extraneous post-it notes.

Link the product goals to effect goals. What effect goals does this product goal help to achieve?

Step 5.

Set properties and target values for each product goal. Define in concrete terms how the product goals are to be measured and what performance is to be aimed for in order to achieve the effect goals.

Work with one product goal at a time. It is a good idea to work with several possible properties with possible target values. Mark questionable target values with a question mark for later investigation.

Visually represent the results

The project goals are documented in a picture as below.

Project goals example step 5 - Agile Pulse Model
Objectives and Key Results, OKR, for Projec – Agile Pulse Model

 

 

Go from here

Next step, use the project goal to do a Synchronization plan.

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