|One key way to improve your success is to do post-mortems.
The term post-mortem means after death. But in our case, it's what will bring life to your work.
You should close each day with a post-mortem analysis of how your day went. You can start with your plan for the day and what you accomplished. Put an alarm on your calendar to remind yourself to do this. If you don't plan your day start this habit also. Each day you should reprioritize what to do.
One problem with post-mortems is that they take time and it's hard to record what went wrong while it's going wrong. You will need a process and a habit to be able to do this.
The key is turning it into a habit. Add it to your schedule. Follow-up is key to successful post-mortems. Assigning only one person to resolve an issue and never multiple people.
Be prepared to answer the following questions:
So that's an example of some questions you can ask during a post-mortem meeting.
One key with post-mortem's is not blaming people. This is the key. You want to get buy-in from people and not anger.
Time must be managed during the meeting to keep it on track. You also want help from other teammates.
Here is a list of issues from a recent reporting creation
A key to successful post-mortems is to update and follow checklists. If something went wrong can you add it to a checklist to prevent it?
Another key is to update your procedures with what you learn from them. If you work on a big enough team then it should be someone's job to run and manage this process.
Now I have to do a post-mortem to make sure this chapter is of high quality.