Last week I heard someone espousing a new form of project review called a Retrospective. Here’s what she advised:
Anonymous feedback via survey or questionnaire
Ranking of questionnaire results
Functional groups discussing questionnaire results in isolation
Tightly controlled discussion of topics selected by the facilitator
Limited participation (enforced by the facilitator)
Lists of “good” and “bad” practices
Formal improvement projects
No! No! No!
The process above may be something, but it ain’t a Retrospective, and it ain’t going to promote individual or group learning.
The value of Retrospectives comes from: