Ways to Ensure That Your Team Learns from Every Success and Failure

It's easy to celebrate when a project goes well, commiserate when it doesn't ... and then go back to business as usual. But if you want to repeat that success or avoid that failure next time, you need to make sure everyone involved understands what happened. Then you can apply those lessons to making next time even better.

 

1. Build a Wrap-Up Meeting into the Schedule.

In the pace of day-to-day activities, we often feel that there's no time to sit down and figure out why things turned out as they did. Establishing a final meeting as an essential part of the project gives the team that time.

 

2. Take It Out of the Office.

Team retreats involve a more significant time investment, but can more than pay for themselves in improved processes and productivity. Even an afternoon in a nearby hotel meeting room can help people gain a clearer perspective on the causes of the project's success or failure.

 

3. Include Analysis in Every Meeting.

If a wrap-up meeting or retreat aren't feasible or necessary, try adding 10 minutes to the end of each progress meeting for discussion of knowledge needed or acquired. Ask what skills or process changes would enable the team to meet the project's goals better or faster, both this time and next time.

 

4. Make It Someone's Responsibility.

Assign a team leader or recorder to keep apprised of what's working or not working based on experiences of the team members executing the project.

 

5. Record It.

Thinking and talking about lessons learned is not enough. To really get that message across, it needs to be put into a tangible form that others can access. Your recording method might be regular reports emailed to the team, a knowledge management database or a SWOT or SOAR analysis.

 

Yes, capturing lessons learned is yet another task to fit into everyone's already busy day. But that's how we grow — individuals as well as organizations. The more you practice it, the more you realize it's more than worth the time you invest in it.

You might be interested in...

2.25.21
Staffing Redefined: Why It's Easier to Land a Job in 2021
What if you could get a great job as a temp or direct hire, with a lot less work — and guesswork — on your part? Staffing agencies such as Integrity have a range of new tools that not only put you in a job faster, but in the right job where you'll be happier and more successful.   Here are some of the innovations that are currently making our job candidates' lives easier.   Remote processes eliminate the hassles The move to online workflows actually started a few years ago, but the COVID pandemic has dramatically speeded up this trend. At Integrity, you can now fill out and submit a job application and other employee documents, take pre-employment tests, have your interview and receive your onboarding initiation — all from your internet-connected device, wherever you happen to be.   Our job candidates and associates love it because they no longer have to physically travel to an Opportunity Center to do paperwork. And those who get nervous during job interviews find that...
Read More
2.24.21
3 Hiring Best Practices Regardless of Unemployment Levels
Unemployment levels fluctuate, sometimes subtly and other times abruptly. Although unemployment rates were declining as recently as the beginning of 2020, they spiked in a massive way early in the COVID-19 pandemic.   Thankfully, unemployment has started to decrease once again over the past few months. In other encouraging news, 57% of businesses expect hiring to return to pre-pandemic levels by the beginning of 2021. However, companies that scaled back on candidate sourcing and hiring this year may have stilted their business continuity and momentum.   If your company recently put the brakes on sourcing candidates, it’s time to revive your sourcing practices. Try these candidate recruitment strategies to avoid reacting impulsively to the effects of low high unemployment or low unemployment.   1. When unemployment rises, continue building relationships.   Why should waiting to source potential applicants during uncertain times interrupt healthy hiring practices?...
Read More
2.22.21
Recruitment Redefined: Factors Challenging the Traditional Status Quo
What if your recruiting team could be faster, stronger and better at putting the right person in the right role? By taking advantage of new tools and trends, you can do all that — and be more cost-efficient, too.   Following is an overview of the forces we see changing how candidates are sourced, qualified, hired and onboarded.   Technology takes over the gruntwork In our last blog, we discussed the tech stack Integrity Staffing Solutions currently uses to improve performance — both our own and our job applicants'. From workflow automation to custom-triggered communications to data analysis, these artificial intelligence tools save many hours on low-level tasks and allow our teams to devote more time to the judgement and decision-making activities that only experienced professionals can do.   And yes, there is still a vital role for humans in Human Resources. Current advances in recruitment are mostly about technology, but ultimately, the technology is there to serve the...
Read More
General

Title

More Info
You need an account to do that Set up an account Never Mind

Please register for an account first. If you already have one, log in here.