Have you ever been so focused on something that the rest of the world seemed to disappear for a while? This can be great under certain circumstances, but in other cases it can be extremely harmful. When someone focuses on a target and doesn’t see anything but the target we call it “target fixation.” This can have dire negative effects! For example, a fighter pilot can become so fixated on a target that they forget to avoid the target and run right into it. The same can happen as we go through a curve in a moving vehicle.
Unfortunately, a variation of this can also occur to agile teams! When it starts happening to agile teams it can be very difficult to detect and correct because everyone thinks they are doing the right thing. It isn’t until much later when most teams finally determine this was the problem. [Read more…]