Run a retrospective
Virtual First | Effectiveness Kit
As one project ends, it can be easy to rush on to the next. But carving out time to reflect on how your project went, and what you might do differently next time, is crucial to growth. Use this exercise to celebrate wins, develop empathy for team members, and quickly learn from mistakes.
45 MINS | VIRTUAL TEAM WORKSHOP
If your project was challenging, participants might feel nervous to talk about it. As you begin your virtual workshop, emphasize that the purpose is to understand how things went, in a light, positive way. Then invite everyone to answer a warm-up question. We recommend cutting through small talk with questions like “What’s something important to you that your peers might not know about?” Once everyone’s settled in, ask them to agree to a few basic principles:
- Be honest but respectful and constructive
- Use “I” statements, not “you” statements (“I wish we’d have had more time” vs. “You should’ve scheduled more time”)
- Don’t interrupt one another
After you’ve decided on your top three to five themes, ask the group to identify any to-dos or follow-ups related to them. When you’ve got a good list, assign owners and due dates.
3 easy wins
Build the habit
- Tomorrow: Ask yourself “What’s one thing I liked about today?”
- Next week: Ask your team “What’s one thing we wish could’ve been different about last week?”
- Quarterly: For longer projects, schedule regular virtual retros