How Important is Predictability to You?
In certain business scenarios, predictability might not be a top priority.
If you are working upon release dates that take place twice per year and you always meet these deadlines, or situations where there are no fixed deadlines altogether, and results are delivered whenever they are delivered.
Why would you need to build predictable systems in these cases? After all, does the ability to make reliable delivery commitments truly bring any value in your business context?
If your answer is no, I totally get where you are coming from, which is why I want to explore this question from a different angle.
In 2003, the world of golf witnessed the ascent of a true icon: Tiger Woods. His breakthrough came with a major triumph at The Masters, beginning an era of clear dominance.
What followed was an impressive streak.
Tiger’s pinnacle moment arrived with victories at the 2000 U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and the PGA Championship—all in the same year, an achievement now dubbed the “Tiger Slam.”
His pursuit of excellence didn’t stop there, as he continued to secure wins in the following years, leaving an enduring mark on the history of golf.
Tiger Woods embodies a shared commitment to improvement, not just in terms of trophies but in his dedication to perfection. His relentless pursuit of excellence, evident in every swing and putt, reflects a lifestyle devoted to pushing boundaries.
Even after achieving unparalleled success, Tiger remains committed to practice, promoting the belief that greatness is an ongoing journey.
His story reflects a key trait common among sports legends—the enduring drive to elevate their game, one small step at a time. It’s more than a habit; it’s a lifestyle that transcends the sport itself.
The fact is that the principles and practices that enable you to achieve sustainable predictability are the exact same principles and practices that lead to tremendous improvement in your delivery workflows.
By adopting the strategies in the Sustainable Predictability roadmap, you are by all means continuously improving your processes which ultimately leads to better business outcomes across the board. Achieving predictability is really a side effect of your efforts.
The data you gather and analyze for achieving consistent delivery results offers invaluable and actionable insights. Think of it as your guide, constantly directing your attention to the most effective areas for you to drive your improvement efforts.
The data you track when working towards achieving better predictability is there to give you visibility into your current situation. It is there to reveal problems that wouldn’t otherwise be visible and help you inform your decisions.
Here’s the thing, I know you’re talented, you’re efficient, you’re good at your job, but how will you grow into it if you are not consistently focusing on improving your management practices?
No matter how skilled or productive you and your teams are, there’s always, and I mean always, a possibility to do things better than before.
Strive to identify improvement opportunities in every activity you do. Get the data-driven insights and take action. One small step at a time.
And even if you don’t care about predictability, I really hope that you at least care about continuous improvement.
If you just focus on getting 1% better in improving the way you manage your work each day, you’ll eventually reach a certain point where you’ll not only achieve sustainable predictability but also have set up a system that self-optimizes for better business outcomes. And that’s a goal worth striving for.
If you’re interested in exploring the proven roadmap to optimize your workflows for predictability and enabling an environment of continuous improvement, I’d be thrilled to welcome you to our Sustainable Predictability program!
Meet the Author
Sonya Siderova is a passionate product manager and a driving force behind Nave, a Kanban analytics suite that helps teams improve their delivery speed through data-driven decision making. When she's not catering to her two little ones, you might find Sonya absorbed in a good heavyweight boxing match or behind a screen crafting a new blog post.