Focus – “If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one”

Whether a Russian hunter or a software/project/programme team the proverb “If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one” offers useful advice.

The basic message behind the proverb is that by pursuing more than one goal you are you spreading yourself too thin and risk ending up having achieved nothing. Better to focus on one thing.

If you chase two rabbits

If you chase two rabbits


This belief, that focus is important, manifests in a few ways in my approach:

A Clear Vision to define the single overall goal for the team.

A Benefits map to show route to strategic outcome. .

Clear Priorities for Requirements so the top value items are worked on first.

Limiting Work in Progress (WIP) to enable focus one one-piece flow.

This is part of the reason I don’t like part time assignments. In a sense the part-timer is chasing more than one rabbit.

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