Coffee would be wonderful. Should I fetch it from a cafe, use the office machine, or mix it myself? Then I decide and act.
A family is dreaming of a new house. First parents talk about it and later involve kids. Then asking from friends and specialists, gradually consolidating to alternatives, decisions, and actions.
A new car model is first dreamed of by a small group of experienced specialists and decision-makers. Then a bigger but still closed group of designers builds models. Then the project goes into action by tens of thousands of people.
All these cases fit the process. This simple model is extremely powerful. For example:
I feel disappointed and surprised, that I need to find such a basic thing myself. I have been involved with the Agile movement for two decades and no one explained this. I only remember a couple of hints. A waterfall process book "New product development" by PRTM consultants casually mentions the fuzzy front end before the stage gate development. And another about decision-making in retrospectives: first expanding thinking, then there is a groan zone, and finally narrowing to decisions. If you find sources, please let me know.
We gave a presentation about dreaming-thinking-doing at LeSS conference in Warsaw, and the following provides more about Dreaming.
Before finding Agile, Ari built software for embedded distributed fault tolerant software for seven years. For the next decade he worked as an organizational therapist with cultural change, teamwork and leadership. Since 2006 he has contributed to LeSS-flavoured Agile transformations including mechanical engineering, market automation, and embedded system development. For the last couple of years Ari had international coaching assignments ranging from teams to board.