139: How to Do Effective Postmortems
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On today’s The Startup Chat we discuss postmortems. We tell you what they are, how to use them, and if you’re new to the process how to start the practice.
For those who don’t know what a postmortem is, it is a document that outlines a failed situation for future reference. Now postmortems are usually for bad situations. They chronicle partnerships that didn’t work, products that failed, and even public relation flubs. However, postmortems can also record successes.
The points of today’s episode:
- What are postmortems.
- How postmortems take the bias out of your reconciliation of events.
- Why a postmortem needs to be written.
- The “5 Ys” method of postmortem writing.
- Postmortem uses in transparency.
- Postmortem uses in training and education.
- The importance of self awareness.
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