Sailboat is a fun and engaging way for Agile Software teams to identify elements that can push the project forward, present risks, communicate the end product goal, and plan for how to deal with obstacles that may be out of the team’s control.
At the end of sailboat, the team should feel very confident about undertaking the project. To be effective, there should be an environment that encourages collaboration, communication, and feedback. Sailboat can also be an effective tool in constructively easing an otherwise tense or stressed team.
As a collaborative activity, sailboat provides an opportunity to look at a project in a near wholistic view from the contribution of multiple stakeholders.
The following are the main areas in sailboat:
Opportunities and Elements
- These are things that can push the project forward e.g an off-the-shelf solution that saves time, budget and scope.
Risks and Weaknesses
- These are areas identified as having the potential to jeopardize project completion e.g Integration incompatibility with a vendor solution that is critical to product delivery.
Features and Functions
- These are items that will constitute the end functionality of the product to be developed.
- These are items that the team cannot completely eradicate but will have to navigate around in order to complete the project e.g resource constraints