Evolving the Goals Overview Diagram
A couple of months ago we decided to evolve the DAD goals overview diagram. The new version is shown in Figure 1 and the previous version in Figure 2.
Figure 1. The new goals overview diagram.
Figure 2. The previous diagram.
There are several interesting changes in the diagram:
- It’s a mind map. We’ve always been uncomfortable with the table format of Figure 2 but had never gotten around to updating the diagram. Based on feedback from several people, including a few Black Belts, we moved towards using mind map notation.
- Color. We’re using a color scheme that is consistent with the colors used in the DAD lifecycle diagrams. Expect updates to the process goal diagrams in the near future for consistency.
- Team focus. For the past year or so we’ve been moving away from the project-oriented terminology that we used in the DAD book. For example, in Figure 2 we now say “Fulfill the Team Mission” instead of “Fulfill the Project Mission”. We’re seeing DAD applied more in more by product teams, often following a lean or continuous delivery version of the lifecycle, that have evolved beyond the project mindset. So we felt we should refactor away from the project-oriented terminology we used in the first edition of the DAD book and thereby remove some unfortunate bias we may have injected into the DAD framework.
As always, we’re open to any feedback that you may have to help us improve this material. Thanks in advance.