Cast 2013 keynote - introspective retrospectives: lessons learned and re-learned by dawn haynes. In none-agile environments retrospectives are sometimes done after a project is finished as a “post mortem” to derive “lessons learned” those tend to be long meetings in constrast, in agile environments, a retrospective is short and done often (eg 90 minutes at the end of a 2-week sprint. If your team isn’t doing retrospectives regularly, here’s what happens: at the end of the project, you gather your team to select, debate, and document the hard-won lessons you learned throughout the course of the work. Retrospective vs lessons learned vs project audit you might’ve stumbled upon the words ‘lessons learned’ or ‘project audit’ in relation to retrospectives however, these three concepts are not synonymous, but represent three different approaches. (notice i didn’t say what went wrong during the iteration) retrospectives cover the whole time period and are about all things, good, bad, and indifferent that happened they should be thought of as more of a lessons-learned type meeting they allow the team to have closure on the previous set of successes and failures and start fresh on.
Keeping project retrospectives fresh a project retrospective is a facilitated session held either at the end of a project’s lifecycle or at various intervals throughout also known as lessons learned or project close outs, retrospectives are held to identify and analyse what went well and what did not. This phase is comparable with the lessons learned process during the closing phase of a regular project following the pmbok at the very end of a project where depending on the duration of that project remembering and stating those issues might be difficult. Fun retrospectives activities and ideas for making agile retrospectives more engaging taina caetano, paulo caroli, and luiz lula rodrigues read free sample lessons learned - planned vs success marginal gains pleasure and gain three little pigs futurespectives: looking ahead.
Project lessons learned at the end of the project completion 3 project lessons learned focuses on changing controls for future projects project retrospectives 1team based learning 2 project retrospectives are applied after every phase/deliverable is complete. This helps ensure that the lessons learned are not only captured in the document, but also shared with the right people at viget in another way beyond the retrospective a key part of our culture is the idea of perpetual progress. A big book of “lessons learned” that sits on the shelf gathering dust does not provide much, if any, value all that said, there may still be some value you have to consider a number of key elements when deciding if you want to set up a project retrospective.
Flap activity: future direction, lessons learned, accomplishments and problem areas flap activity a great project/phase postmortem activity you should run it as close to the end of a project/phase as possible–don’t wait or everyone will forget what happened. Whenever i make a post of this nature, i get a bit nervous the reason is that some of the information presented is based on generalization i expect that some readers will use some concepts from the agile retrospective during facilitation of project management lessons learned. Lessons learned sessions (or retrospectives), to identify what went well and what did not, can be done at various stages throughout the project or, at the very least, as a final review. What are the distinguishing characteristics between project lessons learned and project retrospectives how does each characteristic enhance project closure and review expert answer 100 % (4 ratings) project lessons-learned does not have a tendency to be a custom and celebrity they regularly concentrate on issues and accuse and are taken a. Lesson learned: seek out root-causes of project failures, not just surface symptoms category: retrospectives / organizational learning the following post is a “lesson learned” that comes from the analysis of the failed projects documented in the “catalogue of catastrophe” or from the experiences the editorial team have had working with clients around the world.
Lessons learned meeting agenda a sample agenda for a traditional lessons learned meeting, to capture what did or didn't go well on a project, how to replicate success, and what to do differently in the future. Retrospectives reloaded by pawel brodzinski on february 6, 2013 i’ve read and heard a lot advice on running better retrospectives i’d even go that far to say that if you speak at agile event and you want an instant hit “how to run a good retro” should be very high on your list of potential topics tags: learning, lessons learned. Armed with a lesson-learned or two, they can iterate on their processes and improve retrospectives are a chance for the whole team to reflect on a project or period of work the spirit should be of continuous improvement: a blame-free look back to capture actionable items that help everyone improve their work, their team, and working environment.
Project managers have long used lessons learned reviews to gain new information that can help them perform better when managing future projects lavell, d (2010) raising the bar at intel: a project retrospectives case study the information about the project (while still relatively fresh in the team’s mind) is now discussed from the. Lessons”5 retrospectives a retrospective is a formal method for evaluating project performance, extracting lessons learned, and making recommendations for the future the word • lessons learned – an evaluation of what went right and what went wrong during the course of the project, including recommendations for the. Lessons learned best practices we generally have two approaches: (better) ad-hoc lessons learned: short gather-up conducted right after the problem has occurred - in agile project management dubbed retrospectives (and kind of forced to be conducted regularly) (worse) longer lessons learned session organised after the whole project or a long.
The lessons learned on those projects become input to the initiation and planning phases for the new one a simple yet effective way to ensure that the lessons really were learned using these two easy mechanisms, we can convert lessons learned from something we should do, into something that we gain real benefit from. Learning done right: the agile retrospective by angus frame the project and to then write a lengthy report for the ceo on lessons learned finding fresh approaches to the retrospective to. Are lessons-learned and project retrospectives the same lessons-learned and project retrospectives can be quite similar in concept, both considering a project after it is over (complete, cancelled, or shelved.