End of Year Retrospectives

Have you ever thought about bringing your work home with you? In a positive way, that is. I do. My students laugh in class when I say I sometimes do family retrospectives, but I find them very useful. Hear me out!

Imagine your family sitting down with Post-It notes and answering these questions:

  • What went well in 2019
  • What didn’t go so well in 2019
  • What are we going to do differently in 2020

With two college-aged daughters who come and go from my house and with me traveling often, we identified that communication was somewhat challenged as a group. So in our retrospective, we decided that our “2020 do differently” would be a FamBam text group and a commitment to update it with things everyone needs to know. Yes, it has turned into a litany of gifs, but hey, at least I know how they’re doing!

Now, it’s important to remember that this isn’t a laundry list of items and grievances, but one or two key items that you can turn into an action plan.

When was the last time you did a retrospective? There are a lot of different formats to choose from, as you can see from my FamBan text group example. Check out our December webinar, Retrospectives That Don’t Suck!, to learn some ways to make retrospectives fun and engaging for you, your team, and even your family!

  • Kate Megaw, Braintrust President, CST PMP