- Organize yourself. Know what is important and what actions to take in order to get results that matter;
- Align with others to get a clear and shared line of sight for future work and actions;
- Think stepwise. Scale ambition and timeframe to avoid loosing focus;
- Check the feasibility of your individual steps before committing to it.
- Find together: the most concrete and valuable results for the next 2-4 weeks;
- Get a group estimate which activities have the highest contribution to achieving these results;
- Formulate the group focus and evaluate if all team members feel this is feasible in relation to possible other individual tasks;
- Adjust group focus.
- Create a backlog with activities that are out of scope for the current group focus;
- Use MoSCoW (must have, should have, could have, would have);
- Start meetings with repeating the bigger picture and the reason for the current group focus.
Most teams struggle with obtaining a group focus. There are at least two important blockers: In most cases it boils down to different perceptions about the results, the importance of certain tasks and the workflow. Another blocker is the personal need or desire to work autonomously. (Source: Ruysdael research on connected leadership)