The output focused team can only focus on the plan they created at planning. Once they realize they can’t reach finish their plan on time, they escalate.
The outcomes focused team focused on the goal: San Francisco. They start with the original plan of driving, but eventually have to shift to an alternate approach.
The output focused team fails.
The outcomes focused team succeeds.
The Moral of the Story
Sprint Goals are critical to the success of the Scrum team. The proper creation of a Sprint Goal will help your Scrum team realize that:
- It’s the goal that’s important, not the backlog items or the tasks.
- Achieving the goal creates value; getting tasks done doesn’t provide anything for anyone.
- Teams should always be looking for better ways to get where they need to go. Forget the backlog items, forget the tasks.
- When life throws a lemon at your team, you’d better hope they know how to make lemonade. Otherwise, they’re going to stop their car in Lincoln, Nebraska and escalate their problem to someone else to solve.