What is the State of Nirvana futurespective?
The State of Nirvana futurespective is an exercise designed to help teams map the steps needed for the delivery of a perfect outcome. Participants define their team’s version of nirvana along with what they expect to have achieved by the first, third, sixth and tenth month. The ideas they share build an outline of their way forward.
The State of Nirvana futurespective is a great tool for new projects, products or epics. It offers a team the chance to imagine what it would take for them to experience and reach a state of working in which they would feel bliss, happiness and a sense of satisfaction.
The definition of nirvana will be different for every industry, organization and team. This is for two main reasons. Firstly, the people that make them up are all different; with differing experiences, values and expectations. Secondly, they are likely to subscribe to differing maturity models, industry standards and methodologies. These things will underpin their version of nirvana.
With that said, most versions of an agile nirvana are likely to include –
- continuous delivery
- all operational needs being constantly met
- monitoring of agreed metrics
- continuous improvement, and lastly
State of Nirvana futurespective format
Our definition of nirvana
The ultimate state we want to be in. What do we want to be able to do?
Things to do by month 1. What’s the perfect way to start off now? What goals do we want to hit by the first month? How do we want to feel about the first month?
Things to do by month 3. What is the ideal first quarter? How did we benefit from the first three months?
Things to do by month 6. What do we want to see by the time we pass halfway? What will we have learnt? What momentum will we be leveraging?
Things to do by month 10. As we near the end of the year, what will we be celebrating? What will we have changed? What will be the same?