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What is Start, Stop, Continue?

Stop, Start, Continue is an exercise used in action review meetings to look at lessons learned. Steps include:

  1. Step 1: Setup
    Create three blank lists labeled Start, Stop, and Continue. Explain that Start is for brand new initiatives. Stop will include activities and initiatives the organization is doing that aren’t delivering value. Continue should include those initiatives that are working and should be carried forward on the new plan.
  2. Step 2: Silent Brainstorming
    Give everyone 10 to 15 minutes to write individually in silence.
  3. Step 3: Listing
    Going around the room, have everyone place one idea at a time into the appropriate category.
  4. Step 4: Review Results
    When all the notes are posted, review and discuss together.
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