Identify the risks before you start with a premortem.

Storytelling generates the big picture to guide a project or to help people frame their thoughts. A story can provide a deeper and more nuanced connection with information than most lists of PowerPoint bullets or a structured requirements documents. Storytelling can be used as a risk management tool. ┬áPremortems are a useful tool for helping project teams anticipate risks. ┬áPremortems were described in the Harvard Business Review, September 2007 by Gary Klein. ┬áThe basic premortem approach can be can be customized with storytelling to increase the power of the technique. (more…)