As a business owner, growing with your staff to hone in on your overall skills is the key to continued expansion. The journey to never-ending improvement can be easily kept on track with successful post-mortems. In order to ensure you’re getting the most out of your post-mortems, you should implement the tips listed out below.
The first key to a successful post-mortem is to actually do one. This seems like common sense but hear us out for a minute. Most business owners love the idea of doing project post-mortems and they know the many benefits they offer. Unfortunately, projects tend to go by as they keep trying to find a way to setup post-mortems. If this describes you, it’s time to commit to doing post-mortems for every project, no matter how small. When you and your team get into the habit of doing post-mortems, you’re going to be on the right track for making them work for you.
Going into a meeting without a clear idea of what you’re going to discuss is a surefire way to kill the successfulness of any post-mortem. A simple outline of the things that will be discussed can help to keep your meeting on track and allow every one of your team members to come up with ideas prior to the meeting. Take some time and formulate a simple outline of topics that will be discussed during the post-mortem. Deliver this outline to your team members a few days before the meeting for best results.
People don’t like to hear about how they were unsuccessful or blamed for things that went wrong. You should always start your post-mortems off with a good tone. Ask your team for the things that went well during the project. This will put everyone in a constructive frame of …Read More