What Exactly is a Technology Vision?

A technology vision is a statement that clearly describes what the future state of a company’s technology will be and why. It is a guiding light to current and future engineers that brings with it an assurance that the technology leaders of a company are governed by something greater than themselves.

The technology vision and strategy is in service to the greater vision of a company. It sets a longer term course for building resilience and strength into the engineering teams that will build the technology that helps achieve the company’s objectives.

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Why a Technology Vision is Important

Just like a company vision is meant to keep everyone focused on the longer term goals when business gets messy, the technology vision keeps engineering teams glued to a set of principles during tumultuous times.

Technology planning needs to be flexible when business demands adjustments, but it can have a detrimental effect on engineering teams especially when leaders appear to be advocates of scope creep or deadlines. A vision for the engineering team keeps everyone anchored so that even when leaders struggle, they can lift their heads up to a common purpose.

Having a technology vision demystifies the future for employees and hopefully inspires them to be their utmost creative selves.

Creating the Technology Vision and Strategy

Where to start:

Creating a technology vision starts with a discussion. It is not quick and it is not easy. This is a good thing. It requires the coming together of great minds, old and young, fresh and dormant. You might find that you have to wake some of your key people from a deep sleep so that they are willing to commit mindshare to this process.

You may also find that some of your key people resist building a technology vision when the company vision would suffice. Take heart that this is also a good thing. Work with them. Enter into multiple dialogues about principles and values.

As you consider your technology vision, also take a look at Simon Sinek’s 3 things that make a meaningful vision. In this talk he reframes a vision as a Just Cause. Something that will inspire people to keep going when things get tough. He states that the Just Cause needs to be resilient, inclusive and service oriented.

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