What's the purpose of a post mortem? One often-cited reason is to discuss with your team what went well and what didn't so we can have a better process next time.
However, that assumes we’ll be working with the same team the next time around. In theatre that just isn’t the reality. We often do not work with the same people, with the same company, or in the same venue on the next show. This makes it hard to develop any type of cohesive process from one show to the next.
So, why have a post mortem if the process is never the same? How can we leave a post mortem with useful information, without feeling like we’ve all just wasted a potential day off?
Here are a few areas you can focus on to get more from a post mortem.