Do you know what is stopping you from running a successful company? Are your teams working together in a cohesive and productive manner? Is your company operating as efficiently as possible?
Recently the team at OpenView Labs tackled these critical questions and many more in its new eBook, Get Better Faster: The Ultimate Guide to Practice of Retrospectives. The eBook features checklists and step-by-step guides for the key roles to help you get started with the practice of retrospectives on an individual and team-level very quickly.
Retrospectives are periods of reflection during which a team or individual reviews and reflects on a project, action, or occurrence and asks four key questions:
- What just happened?
- What went well and why?
- What did not go well and why?
- What can we do differently next time?
Retrospectives can be a useful tool for constant improvement for employees at all level within any type of company or organization. This type of reflection often takes place once a project, event, or a significant milestone within a project is completed. Many companies will also conduct retrospectives on a regular basis such as daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly.
“Retrospectives and AARs provide quick results in a short time and can be applied to a broad range of activities. They are simple, adaptable and scalable. Importantly, they empower individuals and teams to remove barriers together quickly and effectively,” said Scott Maxwell, founder and senior managing director of OpenView Partners.
Industry experts including Steven Denning, author of The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management; Charles Parry, partner at Signet Research & Consulting; and Jeff Sutherland, co-founder of Scrum and OpenView Senior Advisor, have contributed unique ideas and insight to help you successfully build the practice of retrospectives within your company.
“The retrospective is particularly important in the expansion stage of a business. This is a period when the firm is starting to see results and its leaders are beginning to experience the thrill of success,” stated Steven Denning.
Visit the OpenView Labs to get your copy of Get Better Faster: the Ultimate Guide to Practice of Retrospectives to start and improve your growing company today.
About OpenView Labs
OpenView Labs is the strategic and operational consulting arm of OpenView Venture Partners, a global Venture Capital fund that invests in expansion stage technology companies. The Labs was formed to assist the management of OpenView portfolio companies build great companies by gathering, creating, storing, and disseminating best practices across all functional areas. The dedicated full-time teams, Senior Advisors, and network at OpenView Labs spend the bulk of their time working on behalf of the OpenView Venture Partner’s Portfolio companies. This work includes incubating methodologies, testing approaches, performing research projects, developing and implementing forums and workshops, gathering the best network and ideas for building great companies, and coaching the management of the portfolio companies.