In this series of blog posts we'll share some of our research and insights into four myths about teaming: luck; weak links; zero conflict; and success is the deliverable. Today, we're talking about the myth of "success is the deliverable."
It’s tempting to measure the success of a team by its deliverable on a specific project: was it delivered on time, on budget, and to the specifications requested? Often we’ll look at a list like that, and if we can say "yes" to all three items we’ll consider this validation that our team is a successful one. It’s easy to use a checklist like this when trying to measure a team's success, precisely because it is so measurable. But team success is more complicated, and the deliverables on which you are currently working is only a part of that formula. The most successful, creative, and high performing teams are the ones who appreciate the deliverable not as the sole measure of success, but as just one data point in a much broader, and longer-term analysis.