This activity is an application of FMEA, a design tool used to systematically analyze postulated failures, identify actions and verifications. I find it useful for a target retrospective focused on a failure.
- Explain the failure under analysis (summarize on top of the canvas)
- Split the canvas into the following four areas: analysis -> evaluation -> action -> verification
- Split the team into smaller groups (two or three people each)
- For each of the 4 areas, give a few minutes for writing notes (smaller group), followed by a few minutes for a group conversation
- Analysis – What is the failure? What led to it?
- Evaluation – What are the consequences of this failure? What is its severity? What is the probability it will happen again?
- Action – What are the corrective and preventive actions (so it does not happen again) for this failure?
- Verification – Given the listed actions, how can we verify their outcome?
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