Hopes and Fears is a practice used to discover the expectations, desires, and concerns of the team members and the stakeholders involved in the process. It aims to identify both positive aspirations (hopes) about what can be accomplished and potential challenges or apprehensions (fears) associated with the journey ahead.
By using Hopes and Fears, teams can proactively address potential challenges, and create a more focused and aligned approach to achieving the desired outcomes.
It takes the tension and uncertainty out of a project, by putting everything out in the open right from the start. It also gives each stakeholder time to voice and discuss what's most important to them.
Additionally, it cultivates team spirit as members share their ambitions, aspirations, and concerns, finding resonance and mutual understanding among each other.