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Rushabh's Pre-Mortem Template

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Context

This pre-mortem template is largely based off Shreyas Doshi’s work on using pre-mortems.


A typical premortem begins after the team has been briefed on the plan.
The leader starts the exercise by informing everyone that the project
has failed spectacularly.


Goal

We failed. What happened?

The goal of this exercise is to look back from the future, and understand why we failed. The exercise can appear to be negative (after all, we’re not going to fail, are we?) but it is a great way to understand your key risks and prepare the team to meet these challenges.


Tigers, Paper Tigers, and Elephants

The terminology used here is from Shreyas’s excellent article on the subject:
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Tiger
A threat that will hurt us if we don’t do something about it
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Paper Tiger
An ostensible threat that
you
are not worried about (but others might be)
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Elephant
The thing that you’re concerned no one is talking about.



Flow

Setup

Head over to
section.
Fill in the participants
Create individual sections for each participant using
.

Homework or first 15 minutes

Context sharing.
Go to your individual section in the doc.
Think of at least 2 Tigers, and any Paper Tigers or Elephants.
Enter these in.

Quiet time

Moderator will open up the voting table.
Read all the entries.
People can +1 them, with up to 5 votes allowed.

Sharing

Around the room sharing of reflections and what resonated the most.

Top themes and Next steps

Assign owners to emergent top themes.
[offline] Create action plan.







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