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Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

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Learning for the Future

Practice #21: Conduct Project Retrospectives

Retrospectives (also called postmortems and post-project reviews) provide an opportunity for the team to reflect on how the last project or the previous phase went and to capture lessons learned that will help enhance your future performance (Kerth 2001). During such a review, identify the things that went well, so you can create an environment that enables you to repeat those success contributors. Also look for things that didn’t go so well, so you can change your approaches and prevent those problems in the future. In addition, think of events that surprised you. These might be risk factors to look for on the next project.

Conduct retrospectives in a constructive and honest atmosphere. ...

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