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November 30, 2017

Pre-mortem exercise

Identify the worst case scenarios earlier on to prevent future headaches
Starting point

Pre-mortem exercise offers a way to reflect on a project that just finished, discuss what went well and what didn't, and identify learnings for the future. What if the exercise was done before, to anticipate and discuss potential issues earlier on?

Co-design session - Educational Farms project with Regione Lombardia
What we did

Pre-mortem exercise can be used to run a session with the core team of stakeholders at the beginning of a project, ideally during the initial kick-off meeting. The goal of the activity is to project the participants at the end of the project and collaboratively try to answer a simple question: "what went wrong?" by imagining to write the project epitaph.

Why it is valuable

Pre-mortem exercise can be used to run a session with the core team of stakeholders at the beginning of a project, ideally during the initial kick-off meeting. The goal of the activity is to project the participants at the end of the project and collaboratively try to answer a simple question: "what went wrong?" by imagining to write the project epitaph.

takeaway

A second step of the session could focus on ideas and recommendations to try to avoid the identified risks, creating a sort of manifesto for the project work that can accompany the team throughout the whole journey.

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