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A project is only as good as its weakest link.

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Documenting Lessons Learned: What Have You Learned?

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Being able to document lessons learned after a project is complete is one of the biggest responsibilities a project manager has on a project. If one does not understand the mistakes of past projects, then one is doomed to repeat them over and over. In this role, the project manager becomes part historian and part archivist. Lessons learned can be helpful on any project, but first, they must be documented correctly.

The Paralysis of Getting the Project Started

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Starting a project with a clean slate, for me, is far more desirable than taking over an ongoing project and being forced to take over where another project manager has screwed things up and was removed from. You can save the day, yes, but you may also be walking into an irreversible mess. At the very least, you may be taking over a project schedule that makes no sense to you, or to anyone for that matter.

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This introduction to project management is a good starting point for anyone new to project management or considering a career as a project manager.

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