As part of a recent project I drew the below Sketchnote to depict some of the key messages associated with running a retrospective.

Retrospectives are a great way to review any piece of work that you’ve been involved with – indeed its a technique that you are likely to use outside of work too. I’m a keen cyclist – and after each training ride I’ll review my stats and consider what went well, what went wrong and what I could do differently to improve?

You might notice the picture of the bird in the sketchnote. Sankofa is a Ghanaian Adkinkra symbol. The meaning behind the symbol is that it’s not wrong to go back for what you have forgotten. I think this equates really well to thinking about how we can use the lessons of the past to improve our future.

So, whatever your field of work or study, use reflection and retrospectives to help you improve your performance.