Great Questions for Reflection — At the Start of the Year or Anytime


These are great questions to ask at the end of the year… or at the end of a project, after a Kaizen Event, or whatever.

These questions are available via Value Capture LLC:

  1. What was the plan?
  2. What actually happened?
  3. What can be learned from the gap?
  4. What actions will you take now?
  5. What do you predict will happen when you take these actions?

Learn more and get a free PDF download here:

Reflection Toolbox for Continuous Improvement

Questions like these are often used in the annual cycles of “Strategy Deployment” — often through the “Strategy A3” document format.

Learn more about different types of A3s via Tracey Richardson and LEI:

I hope this is all helpful to you here at the start of the year — or any time!

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Mark Graban
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.