Project Team Retrospectives and Continuous Improvement

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“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”

Kierkegaard

As a trainer I have seen and been subjected to a huge variety of post-course appraisals.  Typically these appraisal templates list a number of management-inspired performance criteria against which course participants circle on a numbered scale how they thought things went.  While such assessments make for ready mathematical analysis, the truth is that a word picture provides more useful feedback.  In fact, there are only three questions that need be included in such appraisals – what went well, what didn’t and what could be improved.  Similarly, it is these three questions that form the basis of a project retrospective.

A retrospective (from the Latin word retrospectare meaning “look back”) in project management parlance is a review of events that have already taken place.  A retrospective is often completed … Read More »



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