Narcissus Got a Bad Rap

Greek mythology chronicled the demise of the demigod Narcissus, who obsessed upon his own reflection, with tragic results. Many ancient superstitions around the world purport it was risky, unlucky, or even fatal, to gaze at one’s reflection.

In project management, reflection offers great and beneficial power. When team members reflect together, it provides a robust tool for ensuring solid progress through structured change. The team assesses what’s working (or not working) in their approach, how to improve teamwork effectiveness, and what team progress can be communicated to stakeholders. In those moments some of a team’s greatest actionable insights can be made.

Holding regular sessions to review the project’s work status may be seen by some team members as a waste of time. Why should it be done when moving forward with the greatest speed possible is a top priority?

Reflection is an essential tool for effective project management, which enables evaluation of what’s working or not working in the project and facilitates the ability to apply lessons learned and implement iterative change.

Key Takeaways

  • Encourage your team to understand the value of review and reflection
  • Schedule team sessions dedicated to reflection
  • Look for patterns that have proven to be successful
  • Repeat those patterns for more expedient progress downline
  • Eliminate, adapt or change unsuccessful patterns when appropriate


About the Author:

Gill Torf
Gill Torf is an experienced human resources manager and sales and marketing professional. As the office manager at T2 Tech, she works closely with executive management, project managers, engineers and contractors to provide ongoing support for company operations and critical client projects. Her responsibilities encompass recruitment, new-hire processing, creating and maintaining company policy and procedures, overseeing staff and vendor contracts, and planning events and client outreach. Before joining T2 Tech, her experience includes functioning as the sales and marketing manager for Inventtrex LLC, serving as a corporate fundraiser at the Knysna/Sedgefield Hospice and working in fleet sales on a corporate level at Volkswagen and Audi.

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