Proactively find issues before they find you.
This is one of the most important responsibilities of a leader.
And that’s exactly what pre-mortems help with.
Pre-mortems are great project risk management tools.
They help reduce hubris and overconfidence.
They are similar to ‘lesson learned’ or (agile) retrospectives – but better.
This is because they are done proactively giving the team the chance to avoid learning lessons the hard way.
Typically, when teams work on developing innovative products or expanding into new markets, they usually focus on the green route aka the ‘happy path’.
They discuss the thrilling launch, the possibility of capturing market share or the ways that people are likely to receive the new product or service.
Project teams rarely objectively and proactively consider potential risks.
Pre-mortems help project teams identify possible risks (and opportunities) so they can create more robust plans and processes.
Here is a guide on how to implement them.
A quick word on ‘Risk Acceptance’: Even with the best risk management strategies, most projects would still have inherent residual risk. The action plan for these residual risks may be to simply accept them if they do happen. If these risks do happen, prior identification takes away some of the sting and surprise.
And that’s it!
“If you do a pre-mortem right, you will not have to do an ugly post-mortem.
You might still do a post-mortem to learn, but odds are very high that it is not going to be a bad post-mortem.”
Pre-Mortems set up a team culture of collective project ownership.
They help the team recognise their shared responsibility to proactively call out factors that could put the project at risk.
For more best practices on implementing transformation programmes, check out: 7 Steps to Successfully Plan Business Expansion and Optimisation Projects
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