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Pre-Mortem Project Analysis Tool

Conduct a detailed pre-mortem of everything likely to go wrong with your sustainable innovation project, before it happens so you can plan ahead.

Innovation Project Pre-Mortem Analysis Tool Canvas
Potential causes of likely failure
Most important causes to solve
Solution ideas
Your action plan and next steps

What does it do?

This tool provides and effective way to figure out what could go wrong before it actually happens. This is a crucial process to go through, when seeking to affect systemic change to address complex issues like sustainability challenges, where one simple change can lead both obvious and non-obvious outcome types. 

  • Uncover key potential causes of project failure early
  • Ideate ways to solve anticipated problems
  • Create pro-active actions and next steps

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Also available on Miro for remote team collaboration

When to use it

Use this tool when you have completed the scoping phase for your sustainable business project. Ideally after you have scoped your challenge domain and have received your funding and resources.

It should guide you in foresight of anticipated problems, by allowing the team to leverage their collective experiences from previous projects.

Once completed you’ll be ready to get started with concrete actions to overcome likely hurdles in your way, enabling you to act more pirate and be intrapreneurial!

How to use it


Stick up the poster in your team workshops or if working remotely on your collaboration software (Miro, Mural, Jam Boards etc).


Write in your project title at the top box.


Go through each box step-by-step from 2-5, completing as much information as you can using sticky notes.


Review each box before moving on to the next. Make sure you assign concrete roles, responsibilities and actions as outcomes of the tool.

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