No, I’m not talking about your eyesight. I’m talking about a project vision — the overall vision statement for a project. By definition, a vision statement gives a broad, aspiration image of the future that a project is aiming to achieve. It basically defines what target state looks like.

Defining a vision is important for several reasons:

  • It engages the project from the outset and gets everyone on the same page with regards to what you are trying to achieve.
  • It will help to keep the project team focused and on-track.
  • It provides an “elevator speech” for communicating the benefits of the project to others outside of the team.
  • It provides a good reminder as to why you started the project in the first place.

Given the benefits, one of the first things you should do when starting a project is engage the team in creating/defining the vision. If you don’t, there is a good chance the project and project team members will lack focus.

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