What’s the best way to run a post-mortem review of a product launch?
Josh Elman has shared tips that he has learned from talented product people he knows how to structure a launch post-mortem. First, he implores, is that you don’t call it a post-mortem (no one died). A product retrospective is better. And then center the conversation on your team organizing things that went awesome, ok, and not-so-good.
Retrospectives are a key part of Agile Engineering, and a Product Manager can play a role in them, but Marc Abraham argues that there should be a separate product retrospective. During these regularly staged exercises, the product team will ask themselves how the product is performing, what users are saying, what product ideas people have, and other questions. He also suggests a structure to follow for these retrospective meetings.