You may have heard of something called retrospective, a very well known agile practice, a ritual gathering of a community at the end of a project to review the events and learn from the experience.
Lately I’ve learnt about the concept of futurespective: it’s very interesting and very ‘positive’.
Participants are asked to imagine that they have stepped into a time machine and have teleported to a time just after the completion of their project (which in reality is just starting). As the project was a success, its sponsors are keen to do a project retrospective (and so we are examining the future past).
As we know the project was a success, there are many successful events which should be recorded on the timeline […], however there may also have been some things that potentially didn’t go well […].
Once the future timeline has been created, participants are then asked to step back and mine it in the way similar to a normal timeline, “what went well”, “what can we do differently” and finally what actions should we take for the upcoming project.