we look back at the 5 year history of The HeadScratcher Post, we thought a piece on Retrospective Thinking was in order.
you review a completed initiative, some call it "Post Mortem Analysis", or "Post Project Analysis", or "Hindsight", or just "Knowing then what we know now", etc. These discussions usually take place in meetings that include those who participated in an
initiative. The team gets together and discusses what went right and what went wrong during the project.
are a few ideas for your next one:
In addition to asking "what did we DO right and wrong", or "what could we have DONE better", etc., consider reviewing the "thinking" that went into the doing.
assumptions did we make and why?
retrospect, were those assumptions valid or invalid and why?
was the thinking that led us to those assumptions?
did we do, or could have done, to monitor if our assumptions were valid?
symptoms, evidence, and measurements occurred where we understood the risks and potential consequences and either took action, or didn't, and why?
knowledge did we lack during the initiative, and if we had it, the result would have been different? How could we have obtained that knowledge?
did we think was clear and was, and what did we think was clear, but was not?
didn't we get clear on what wasn't clear?
Retrospective Thinking when tackling a new project. Before starting a new project, go back to the last "Post Mortem" and ask how this project is similar to that one, and what "Thinking" may have to change with respect to this new project.
Takeaway: Thinking precedes Doing. Therefore, when looking back at successes and failures, it's critical to understand the Thinking that went into the Doing. With this understanding you are more likely to repeat a success and avoid a future mistake or
failure. Here's to the next 5 years!
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