How to use retrospective meetings to improve research project processes: Editorial


Akshay Swaminathan and Lathan Liou explain how to use “retros””or retrospective meetings”to enhance collaboration and foster improvement on an academic team. Swaminathan and Liou explain that there is typically little-to-no training on project management in academia, though most teams have a faculty member or student working as a de facto project manager. Drawing on their years of working in academia and industry, they introduced retros into their own work in medical school to make collaborations smoother, improve and streamline record keeping practices, and ensure the centralization of project information. They offer a step-by-step explanation of how to run retros and conclude with a summary of the best practices they have learned for leading them.