Why Project Debriefs Are a Must

By / Feb 28, 2018 (Rawpixel/iStock/Getty Images Plus

If you’re looking to improve your organizational processes, hold debriefing meetings after you complete major projects.

Do you routinely hold debriefing meetings after a big project? It’s a good habit for a smart leader to get into, whether or not the project was successful.

Often these  meetings, if they happen at all, include only top leadership, but 360 Live Media argues that everyone who had a big part in the project should be included. “Think of this opportunity as primary research about the way your organization operates,” says Bill Zimmer. “The goal is to talk about what worked and what didn’t.”

Zimmer suggests letting your team know when you start the project that you plan to debrief later. “Surprises are not a great way to evoke radical candor,” he writes. “Instead, remind your team at the beginning of each engagement that you’ll be hosting a debrief after it’s complete. Be consistent and you’ll start to build a culture of learning and improvement.”

And be sure to strike the right tone. A debriefing meeting is not a forum for venting or complaining but should be an “open, honest session with a goal of making the team better.”

From Associations Now, a publication of the American Society of Association Executives.

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