On the importance of Dreams and Dreaming

I was at a power skating practice for my son and daughter yesterday and it made me think about dreams.

Before I start there are two things to note:

1) Yes, my daughter in playing Hockey instead of Ringette

2) Yes, Hockey season starts in August in Canada. 🙂

When my son had his first skating lessons over two years ago, the apparel of choice was much more diverse. This past week I would estimate that two-thirds of the kids were wearing Winnipeg Jets jerseys. It was pretty obvious the favourite team of the kids was now the Winnipeg Jets. (Although there was a good amount of Sidney Crosby jerseys as well)

It got me thinking about how important dreams are. The definition of a dream that I like most on dictionary.com is:

“a cherished hope; ambition; aspiration”

Neil Degrasse Tyson has a very powerful video on Youtube on the importance of NASA. To paraphrase, the United States has stopped dreaming recently with the decline of NASA. This has had a ripple effect on their economy and the ability to define new industries. You can find the video here: We stopped dreaming

So what?

For those kids that afternoon, when they were skating in that jersey they felt they could become more than just what they currently were. Maybe they could play in the NHL. It might have been my imagination, but I thought those kids skated just a little bit taller and straighter than a couple of years ago. I believe it was because they felt they were part of something bigger than themselves and part of something that was special. 

Probably none of those kids will make the NHL. (including mine) But all of them will be better because they had that dream to inspire them. 

For our teams and teammates the importance of dreaming is no less important. We need to create an environment where people feel comfortable dreaming about everything the team, product, and project could be. It will make the team members and the solution better than it was without any dreams. We need brave people who are willing to dream, take a chance and fall down. Without those dreams we will just do our prescribed jobs in our prescribed ways.

Dreaming is the engine of Innovation. If we need to innovate we need to encourage dreaming and support that dreaming. If we don’t do that, our teams and solutions will become a commodity. And you don’t want to be a commodity in this global economy.

 I wonder if the Jets still need a back-up Goaltender?

Author: Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio is passionate about his work as the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry oversees the governance on Information Technology projects to make sure the most important projects are being worked on in a consistent and effective way. Terry also provides leadership on the customized Project Methodology that is followed. The Project Methodology is a equal mix of Prince2, Agile, Traditional, and Business Value. Terry strives to bring Brutal Visibility, Eliminating Information islands, Right Sizing Documentation, Promoting Collaboration and Role-Based Non-Consensus, and short Feedback Loops to Minimize Inventory to the Agile Project Management Office. As a fan of pragmatic Agile, Terry always tries to determine if we can deliver value as soon as possible through iterations. As a practical Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional and Agile approaches. Terry is a fan of AWE (Agile With Estimates), the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why?

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