Getting things done: Daily goals

Searching for ways to stay more focused on the stories, several of our teams use the following trick: Each morning during standup they set themselves a daily goal.

Daily goals (“Tagesziele”) for each team member

In some teams these goals are for the whole team, in others each team member sets a goal for themselves (or pairs). Either way works fine for us and achieves several things:

  • It creates a mini-deadline that helps those who thrive on deadlines and for whom the end of a 2-week sprint is to far ahead
  • Finding the next day that you reached the goal gives a sense of achievement (a bit more than moving stickies)
  • If the goal doesn’t change (because it’s not reached) it becomes blatantly obvious that there is an impediment and you can thus address it

Daily goals for a team

So if you’ve got problems focusing or with impediments not being raised, daily goals might do the trick 🙂

PS: In case it wasn’t obvious: The teams set their own goals, not someone else.

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