Want to Learn? Retrospect!

In Leadership, Personal Development, Productivity, Quality, Working Smarter by hardorsmartLeave a Comment

We should learn from our past

I’m not the typical guy that always looks back. Nevertheless, I do believe that we should learn from our past. And especially from our recent past.

So I want to encourage you to retrospect to the task or project that you just finished. This applies to individuals as well as to teams.

What can you do?

After you’ve finished your project always take some time to ask yourself a couple of questions:

  1. What went exceptionally well during that project?
    – Why did it go so well?
    – Is this different from other projects?
    – If yes, what did you do differently this time?
    – How can you repeat that in future projects?
  2. What could have gone better during that project?
    – Why didn’t it work out the way you wanted?
    – What should you have done differently?
    – How can you make sure you do it better in the future?
  3. Analyze, Find Solutions and Write down your findings
  4. Be sure you can access everything you wrote down quickly. Create a Knowledge Base.
  5. And, when working in a team, make sure that it becomes a habit for every team member to read all new additions to the knowledge base every time someone adds something new.

If you follow these steps, then you will see that you or your team will become better with every task or project you complete.
Making mistakes is ok, as long as you don’t keep making the same mistakes, over and over.

See you next time!

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