Aligning with Stream Teams

Aligning with Stream Teams refers to the communication and coordination process between product teams and stream teams to ensure that all efforts are strategically aligned with the broader product vision, strategy, and objectives.


The purpose of this activity is to ensure a unified direction for the Stream Teams working on different aspects of the product, ensuring that all teams are aligned with the product's goals and timelines.

  • Improved Coordination: Ensures that all teams are aligned with the company's goals and timelines.
  • Increased Efficiency: Reduces redundancy and enhances the utilisation of resources across teams.
  • Better Product Outcomes: Leads to more coherent product development cycles that are responsive to user needs.


Industry Context

Large products require multiple teams working in parallel to build and support the product. Without alignment between these teams, there is a risk of duplication of effort, misalignment of goals, and inefficiencies in resource utilisation. By ensuring that all teams are working towards a common vision and strategy, companies can maximise the impact of their product development efforts.

ZeroBlockers Context

Stream Teams are autonomous and decide on the features they should create to deliver on their objectives. To make high-quality and continuous decisions that are necessary during product development Stream Teams need to be aligned with the overall product vision and strategy. In addition, since Product Teams are accountable for product success, they need to have confidence that the Stream Teams are working on the right things.

Annual PlanningA structured process for setting strategic goals and objectives for the upcoming year.
  • Provides a clear direction for the year ahead.
  • Ensures focus on larger initiatives.
  • Ensures alignment across the organisation.
Quarterly Objective Setting MeetingsInteractive sessions to collaboratively explore the product vision and strategy, and agree on the Stream Team goals.
  • Builds shared understanding.
  • Promotes open dialogue and discussion.
  • Creates buy-in for objectives.
Weekly Product ReviewA recurring meeting focused on assessing progress against predefined metrics, rather than reviewing specific work items.
  • Ensures alignment with goals and metrics.
  • Facilitates quick identification of areas needing attention.
Continuous TransparencyProvide transparent access to the Stream charter, kanban board, research and more.
  • Provides transparency for all of the activities being undertaken.
  • Ensures that Product and Stream Teams have access to the same information.


  • Silos and Isolation: Allowing teams to operate in silos without regard for the overall strategy.
  • Overcomplication: Making the strategic alignment process so complex that it becomes a barrier to execution.
  • Lack of Transparency: Not sharing strategic objectives, progress, or challenges broadly within the organisation.

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