What is the SCOR futurespective?
The SCOR futurespective is a tool intended to help teams deliver their strategic plan for their project. Team members define the Strengths, Challenges, Opportunities and Risks they predict they will encounter with their project. The ideas they share build their strategy for their project.
The SCOR futurespective works well for established agile teams. It presents the chance to shape a strategy rather than a step by step guide to embark on the project. This means they have greater scope to deliver creative solutions further down the track.
The SCOR model is a version of the SWOT analysis which sees the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of a project defined. The key difference between the two is that SCOR has been designed with team empowerment in mind. Firstly, the SCOR approach sees weaknesses reframed as challenges; so rather than team members potentially listing their inadequacies, they will be sharing their skills to overcome adversity. Secondly, participants are invited to identify risks rather than threats. Not only does this set a far less adversarial tone for the project ahead, participants view them as less ominous and therefore more manageable.
SCOR futurespective format
What major strengths do we have? What resources, skills and knowledge do we possess? What gives us confidence?
What difficulties or threats could we face? In what areas do we think we may be underequipped? What’s making us nervous?
What can we capitalize on based on our strengths? Where is our chance to shine? What are we finding exciting?
What risks lie ahead and how can we reduce them? What could threaten our success? What have we seen derail a project in the past? What are our no-go zones?