Get Participants to Sing at Your Post Mortem (Part 1 of 3)Well how did you do? In your last project, that is. Did you take a detailed look, so that you would be able to find problems that you could avoid next time?
Maybe the post-mortem discussions bogged down with issues that could not be resolved because of bureaucracy or politics.
When it comes to that Great Intangible known as workforce management, it really pays to take the time to harvest lessons learned. And lucky for you, the topics will add some pizzazz to the post mortem.
Workforce management issues get people talking--about issues that affect all projects, especially your next one. When you ask for project issues related to reward and recognition, career development, performance feedback, training, supervisory skills and similar topics, you are guaranteed a memorable meeting. You can actually remove obstacles that you believed under the sole control of "those HR people."
Instead of hearing, "Well, the testing was delayed as in every project because the company refuses to spend the money to increase capacity in that area." You can hear "I was frustrated that the new bonus program for our division rewards their employees for working on projects other than this one."
Instead of: "Our sponsor abandoned us during the project to support other hot initiatives." You can hear: "We were unable to staff up quickly enough because the recruitment people
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