Lessons Learned

It is a good practice to take breaks and perform “lessons learned” reviews to improve your overall team performance.
These reviews can be during the build season, after each competition, or at the end of the year. The goal is to capture information and continue to develop.

To perform a good lessons learned activity, have a leader who can ask questions and work to get answers. It is important to provide an honest assessment of the team performance, without attacking individuals or groups. Talk about what you did well, what could be better, how you can improve and what you want to continue to do. Try to group items in similar topics. Document what was discussed. If the activitiy is during the season, decide what actions can be worked on immediately to improve the team performance and which ones you will work on later.

Here is a link to a paper on Continuous Improvement for FIRST teams