This week, we’ll go back to the success spectrum, this time applying it to our shared work to the end of 2017 (as opposed to the individual project spectrums we all did in Week 5).
Remember what you learned from previous workouts: To get to a good spectrum, at some point, you have to shift away from just adding, and you have to start editing. Don’t be afraid of making a mistake, and don’t be afraid of editing other people’s work. If there are objections, that opens up opportunities for discussion. And if there are no objections, then you have made someone else’s work better — collaboration at work!
- Take one minute to pause and breathe deeply together in silence. (1min)
- Do a brief checkin with your partner. (3min)
- Warmup: Review Previous Work (10min)
- In our shared Google Doc, find your spectrums from Week 5, and take a few minutes to review. How did you do?
- Review your spectrums with your partner. Given your experiences, what would you have changed about your spectrums (if anything)? What makes a spectrum valuable?
- Workout: Success Spectrum (40min)
- Take a few minutes to imagine what our project would look like if it were successful in the timespan you both have chosen.
- Go to the Week 7 section in our shared Google Doc. Take five minutes to start capturing the different ranges of what success would look like — from minimum (i.e. must happen to call the project successful) to target (i.e. going for it, but probably won’t hit all of these) to epic (i.e. not going for it, but would be amazing if it happened).
- Take five minutes to capture what failure would look like. Review and adjust your minimum success column to make sure it’s consistent with your failure column.
- Compare your spectrums with your partner. Discuss what’s similar, what’s different, and how you’d resolve those differences. Now go to our actual success spectrum for 2017 and incorporate your shared work. This not only means adding to the spectrum, but deleting what’s no longer relevant. The shared spectrum should look cleaner after you’re both done than it was before. (20min)
- Quickly debrief the exercise:
- How did the experience feel?
- What did you learn?
- Checkout: Take a minute to share with your partner how you’re feeling and what you’re thinking. (5min)
- Each of you should post one brief takeaway as a comment to this post. It doesn’t have to be comprehensive or incredibly detailed. I’d strongly encourage you to share your takeaway immediately after your workout. Make it a point to read (and respond to, if so moved) other people’s takeaways every week.
If you’d like to read the generic cards for the exercises above (which include design thoughts and variations), see: