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

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Retrospective Success Factors

A retrospective can succeed only in a neutral, nonaccusatory environment. Honest and open communication is essential. If a project has been difficult or unsuccessful, some venting is to be expected. However, the facilitator must limit that venting and channel it in a constructive direction. Make sure your retrospectives don’t turn into witch hunts. The retrospective must emphasize guilt-free learning from the shared project experience. Consider the following critical success factors.

Define Your Objectives

The sponsoring manager should identify the retrospective objectives and the specific project aspects on which it should focus. Also consider the potential consequences of the activity. Who will come out ahead if the ...

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