Patrice Embry

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Patrice Embry is a freelance project manager who really loves the art of project management. Having worked for corporations and agencies, she’s seen many facets of good (and bad) project management, and has tried to learn from all of them. She loves helping out her peers and is always ready to listen and guide. This is Patrice’s first time speaking in front of the community she loves, and she’s excited to contribute! You can learn more about her philosophy and read some of her writing, including the Ask A PM archives, at


Finessing a Retrospective to Get Results


Wrapping up a project usually entails creating a post-mortem retrospective to find out what worked, what didn’t work, and what learnings you should take to the next project. In theory, it works great! In practice, retrospectives can make people feel defensive and unsure, or just be ignored completely. The key is to know how to finesse the information to get the results you want while keeping your team motivated.

In this session, you’ll learn how to: 

  • Use your retrospective to get meaningful insights

  • Present those insights to get real results, without negativity