Topic 12.12: Lessons actually learned

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Projects are (by definition) unique undertakings with a finite delivery time, so continuous improvement is not really relevant to projects per se.

Yet individuals and organisations inevitably deliver multiple projects over the course of their life, so the opportunity does exist to continually improve our project management practices.

Yep – this is the whole point of the forensic project review.

Nevertheless, too many organisations only complete project reviews as a compliance activity, in that they do it because their project framework or checklist says do the review now so you can properly close the project.

Fewer actually take the lessons from project-to-project and genuinely implement them for measurable advantage.

In other words, documenting lessons learned is one thing; actually learning the lessons is a separate process!

Here are 10 things you can do in your organisation to ensure lessons are actually learned.

From 1981 to 2011, NASA conducted 135 space shuttle missions, for two losses.

Were the lessons from the first loss to the second really learned?

SourceNew York Times