Effective software product post mortem

Post Mortem is the feedback meeting at the end of a project, or the written report of that meeting.  Whoever ends up writing the post-mortem report will conclude that the proper course of action to prevent similar failures is to do whatever it is the author thinks everybody ought to be doing anyway. Sometimes you may think you've completed a software project, but you aren't truly finished until you've conducted a project postmortem. Most shops are far too busy rushing ahead to the next project to spend any time thinking about how they could improve and refine their software development process. And then they wonder why their new project suffers from all the same problems as their previous project. More...