Background Note | HBS Case Collection | September 1999

Learning from Projects: Note on Conducting a Postmortem Analysis

by Stefan H. Thomke and Steven Sinofsky

Abstract

Describes how firms can learn from projects through postmortem analysis. Focuses on the step-by-step process of preparing and running a postmortem meeting as it is done at Microsoft and other software developers.

Keywords: Conferences; Management Analysis, Tools, and Techniques; Projects; Software; Information Technology Industry;

Citation:

Thomke, Stefan H., and Steven Sinofsky. "Learning from Projects: Note on Conducting a Postmortem Analysis." Harvard Business School Background Note 600-021, September 1999.