Chapter 15. Looking Back, Looking Ahead[15]


Looking Back, Looking AheadThis chapter was originally published (with Johanna Rothman) in Software Development, 2001, 9(2): 65–69. It is reprinted here, with modifications, with permission of CMP Media Inc.

My friend Hank worked on a project that failed. The organization decided to try again. Hank suggested they conduct a retrospective to determine why the first project failed and feed that insight into the next attempt. “No,” the project manager replied, “we don’t have time to hold a retrospective. We need to get started on the new project right away.” One interpretation of this response is, “We need to get started immediately making the same mistakes again because it will ...

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