Retrospectives versus Rehashing

A while ago, I wrote about the relative uselesness of Rehashing.

Every now and then, someone else will ask me questions about the past, since I don’t rehash voluntarily anymore. I prefer to work on the future. Marko van der Puil asks me how I reconcile that with facilitating retrospectives.

To me, retrospectives are as much about the future as they are about the past. We collectively investigate a set period in the past, to achieve closure on the past, and determine concrete actions for our future. If a retrospective doesn’t turn up personal and collective actions for positive change, we might as well have skipped it altogether.

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