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Pre-mortem: how to anticipate failure with prospective hindsight

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Anne-Laure Le Cunff
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A pre-mortem is where you imagine that you've failed before you've even started, and work backward to determine why.

Pre-mortems manage overconfidence

  • Prone to overconfidence at the beginning of a project
  • Pre-mortem brings future consequences into the conversation
  • Fosters communication about failure

Performing a pre-mortem

  • Review the brief - discuss the plan and members' roles.
  • Set the scene - the project has failed.
  • Brainstorm - uncover every possible reason.
  • Discuss and improve the plan to avoid failure.
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