We just completed a commercial release of a new product at work. The schedule had taken over 2 years from start to finish. All things considered, it is a pretty impressive outcome; and it came with some hard earned lessons along the way. After basically no time to rest, everyone has been resourced to any number of new projects.
But when do we get a chance to reflect on the things that went well and, more importantly, dissect the hard lessons to make sure the errors are understood and avoided in the future? It seems the almighty dollar and inevitable sense of urgency precludes the permission to look in the mirror, admit our mistakes and actually learn from them.
And how well do most of us do that in our own personal lives? I usually plow feeling as if the time to stop for a retrospective glance is too costly to the urgent matters at hand… likely destined to repeat the same mistakes again and again, even with the self awareness that I am doing exactly that.