What can your team learn from failures, real or imagined? The pre-mortem and postmortem template allows you to record project mishaps in conjunction with action items so you can learn from mistakes and avoid repeating them in the future.
- Project Plan: What's missing? What areas are vague?
- Resources: have we measured and allocated team members, budget, and tools accurately?
- Timing: Are deadlines realistic and tied to specific goals? Is there room for unexpected delays?
- Tasks: Are all necessary tasks planned, with dependencies and deliverables clearly articulated?
- Documentation: Is our documentation system adequate?
- Delays: How can we better manage unexpected delays?
- Workflow: Where are the weaknesses in our workflow design?
- People: How can we make team structure and hierarchy clear and consistent?
- Tasks: What makes tasks difficult to execute on a day-to-day basis?
- Management: how does management impede workflow?
- Primary Goal: Why will (did) we miss our primary goal?
- Secondary Goals: Why will (did) we miss our secondary goals?
- Quality: How (will or did) our tasks fail to meet delivery standards for quaity?
- External performance: Why is the client unhappy? What are some problems with our external performance metrics?
- Internal performance: What are some problems with the way we measure success internally?
- Channels: What are the drawbacks to our main methods of communicating?
- Team: How (will or did) team members struggle with communications?
- Managers: How (will or did) managers struggle to communicate?
- Meetings: What's wrong with the way we hold meetings?
- External: How do we fail in our communication with stakeholders?