Different people react to failure in different ways, most of them unhelpful. Some get angry, others despair; some deny it, others obsess. It’s rare for anyone to honestly and rationally reflect on their own mistakes – which is a shame, as analyzing past failures can help us succeed in the future.
We encourage clients to hold “retrospective” meetings at the end of projects, to discuss and document lessons learned, but these can be difficult if the project was less than successful.
Here are some tips for keeping retrospectives positive, even when the project itself was not: