How often have you performed a "postmortem" on a project or strategy that has failed? Ever tried a "premortem?" Me either. Sounds like a good idea though! Here’s how it could work:
- Leader briefs the team on the project then announces that the project "has failed spectacularly."
- The team spends a few minutes writing down reasons for the project’s failure.
- Team members take turn reading one reason each until all the reasons are recorded.
- Project manager looks for ways to strengthen the plan.
Think that might help? The idea come from Performing a Project Postmortem, an article by Gary Klein mentioned in When Growth Stalls (the article source for some work on assumptions by North Point and Andy Stanley).