A Cost-Effective Project Management Tool
The purpose of lessons learned is to bring together any insights gained during a project that can be usefully applied on future projects.
Lessons learned can make all the difference on future projects and help them to succeed, but first, they must be documented correctly.
Some of the most important lessons we learn come from failures. Kenneth Darter explains a simple four step process to make sure the same failures aren't repeated.
How to build a useful lessons learned database that can be used to continually improve project processes in just a few simple steps.
Capturing lessons learned from projects is key for any organisation. Do you capture your lessons learned? If you do, how effectively do you capture them?
Reflection is something we don't allow ourselves to experience because we are too busy getting to the next task, yet reflection is the very essence of success.
A project audit provides an opportunity to uncover issues, concerns and challenges encountered during the project lifecycle.
By incrementally capturing lessons learned and turning that hindsight into best practices you will achieve far greater long-term project success.
It's said there are no new project management sins, just old ones repeated. It's also said that we don't learn the lessons from past projects and this must be true, otherwise why would we keep making the same old mistakes?
Lessons learned are useful; time spent in doing the work better is time well spent. Getting it right the first time is cheaper and easier than doing it now and fixing it later.
This article captures a number of common, "We should have - " as lessons for all managers to learn before their project fails to meet expectations. Prevention is much cheaper than cure.
An overview of the six project management basics that you should focus on whenever you find your projects going off track.
If we don't take time to learn the lessons of past projects, and moreover act upon them, we will continue to commit the same project management sins again and again. - Duncan Haughey
Time spent in doing the work better is time well spent. - Derry Simmel
On lessons learned: Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped. - African Proverb
Relying on luck is not a viable project strategy; however, this is what we do when we ignore lessons learned. - Duncan Haughey