Are you a project manager or team lead looking to take your project to the next level? Then you know that one of the most critical steps in any project is the post-completion retrospective meeting.
This meeting allows your team to reflect on the successes and shortfalls of the project, identify areas for improvement, and gather feedback from all team members in a safe environment.

But what makes the retrospective meeting so important? Well, not only does it allow team members to share their opinions and thoughts, but it also identifies strengths and weaknesses in your project approach and delivery. By setting clear and realistic expectations going forward, improving future planning and project structures, and identifying future blockers, your team can continue to develop their skill sets and boost team morale.

So, what does a retrospective meeting look like? While there is no official blueprint, the facilitator should approach it in a way that works best for the team. This meeting also acts as a driver to improve future retrospective sessions, noting what worked and what didn’t. The meeting should document all outputs and actions agreed upon in the session, and interactive Q&As can be used to ensure everyone has their say. Some useful questions to ask the team include: What were our goals and objectives in this project, and did we achieve them? What were the key lessons learned? What would we do differently? What elements worked well/not so well? Do we still have blockers?

Finally, all outputs, actions, and lessons learned from the project retrospective should be communicated with key stakeholders and any other relevant parties beyond the scope of the project team. The project retrospective is a crucial step in ensuring project success and providing value for clients. So, don’t forget to schedule that post-completion meeting and let your team’s brilliance shine!

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