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Measure what has been done...
Measure what has been done...
Compare with what could have been done!

That's what measurement is for
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But just remember that past performance may not be a valid indicator of future performance...
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1 reply by Luis Branco
May 29, 2022 4:27 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron. Thank you for participating in this reflection. I just suggested measuring what was done against what could have been done.
I agree with Kiron - This is a lagging indicator. You always should have leading indicators to predict the future.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
May 29, 2022 4:25 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Rami.
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion. Can you predict the future?
May 29, 2022 3:39 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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I agree with Kiron - This is a lagging indicator. You always should have leading indicators to predict the future.
Dear Rami.
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion. Can you predict the future?
May 28, 2022 5:06 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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But just remember that past performance may not be a valid indicator of future performance...
Dear Kiron. Thank you for participating in this reflection. I just suggested measuring what was done against what could have been done.
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
May 29, 2022 8:48 AM
Kiron Bondale
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Definitely - when I teach my PM fundamentals courses, I distinguish between:

1. Knowing where you are
2. Knowing where you should be
3. Understanding the implications and materiality of the difference between #1 and #2 to formulate the best response

Kiron
May 29, 2022 4:27 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron. Thank you for participating in this reflection. I just suggested measuring what was done against what could have been done.
Definitely - when I teach my PM fundamentals courses, I distinguish between:

1. Knowing where you are
2. Knowing where you should be
3. Understanding the implications and materiality of the difference between #1 and #2 to formulate the best response

Kiron
I would suggest a subtle change in wording:
Measure what has been done
Compare to what was 'expected' or 'predicted'.

What has been done is the reality (fact) - what was expected or predicted is but a guess (even if supported by past experience). Too many see what was expected as the reality. If you fail to meet expectation was the performance wrong or was the expectation too optimistic or based on incomplete information.

I always assume that the expectation was incorrect until proven otherwise. That doesn't mean you don't set standards or expectations it means you need to understand the difference between facts/reality and guesses/predictions.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jun 01, 2022 3:33 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Peter. Thank you for participating in this reflection. Compare to what was 'expected' or 'predicted' would be the same as comparing with the goals (whatever they are) you want to achieve.
Seems good. However, how about the plan? You may plan for something different than what could have been done!
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jun 01, 2022 3:47 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Abolfazl. Thank you for participating in this reflection.
The plan? More and more short-term plans are planned (1 to 4 weeks, the "ideal" period being 2 weeks).

The planning for this period is carried out by the people who make up the team and taking into account their potential.

When you are doing the retrospective what are you comparing?
Measure what has been done: EV
Compare with what could have been done: PV
¿Would this comparison be valid using Earned Value terms?
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1 reply by Luis Branco
Jun 01, 2022 3:51 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Veronica. Thank you for participating in this reflection.

Your question is very interesting.
Could we devise an indicator for "what could have been done"?
May 29, 2022 2:20 PM
Replying to Peter Rapin
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I would suggest a subtle change in wording:
Measure what has been done
Compare to what was 'expected' or 'predicted'.

What has been done is the reality (fact) - what was expected or predicted is but a guess (even if supported by past experience). Too many see what was expected as the reality. If you fail to meet expectation was the performance wrong or was the expectation too optimistic or based on incomplete information.

I always assume that the expectation was incorrect until proven otherwise. That doesn't mean you don't set standards or expectations it means you need to understand the difference between facts/reality and guesses/predictions.
Dear Peter. Thank you for participating in this reflection. Compare to what was 'expected' or 'predicted' would be the same as comparing with the goals (whatever they are) you want to achieve.
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1 reply by Peter Rapin
Jun 01, 2022 1:28 PM
Peter Rapin
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I agree. One should be measuring for comparison to the set goals rather than what "could" have been done. "We set out to build a four lane bridge, we could have built an eight lane bridge (with a few more resources)". There's no point in comparing to 'what we could have done'.

I set out for Rome, I got to Rome - but I could have gone to Paris.
Did I succeed?
May 31, 2022 8:28 AM
Replying to Abolfazl Yousefi Darestani
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Seems good. However, how about the plan? You may plan for something different than what could have been done!
Dear Abolfazl. Thank you for participating in this reflection.
The plan? More and more short-term plans are planned (1 to 4 weeks, the "ideal" period being 2 weeks).

The planning for this period is carried out by the people who make up the team and taking into account their potential.

When you are doing the retrospective what are you comparing?
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