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Pre-Mortem

Why Pre?

  • Act before it’s too late, before you begin rather than at the end

  • Improve odds of success

  • Make it safe to talk about potential failure and for people to speak up

  • Be prepared to mitigate risks

 

How to conduct a pre-mortem

 

  • Go over the plan with the team

  • Declare that “we have failed big time”. Ask everyone to think of every reason why the project has failed and write it down

  • Build a list of reasons for failure collecting input from each member

  • Review the list and finds ways to improve the plan and increase odds of success