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December 2014

Dear Readers,

In a twist on the traditional post-mortem review concept, one innovative company featured in this issue conducts "pre-mortem" training at the beginning of projects to reduce the odds of things going wrong. The approach is an engaging way of getting workers to recognize and plan for the most likely project risks, then take proactive steps to avoid them.

The exercise asks work teams to imagine that an upcoming project has failed. Not a partial failure but a complete and embarrassing failure; teams are then asked to brainstorm potential causes of the failure. The training approach has been paying clear dividends.
On one project the company, McCarthy Building Companies, reduced its cost and exposure by nearly $250,000 through identifying a high-impact, high-likelihood risk with a masonry-related issue.

On another note, I'd like to thank all WorkforceXpert readers for their loyal support of the newsletter and participation in our webinar series this past year. Your feedback and ideas are important and help raise the quality of both offerings. Happy holidays.




     Dave Zielinski, Editor
     davez@workforcexpert.com

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