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?
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