What do organizations that have consistently high levels of project success have in common? They conduct lessons learned discussions and create project archives during the project close-out phase. The lessons learned documentation includes what went right, what went wrong and what the project manager and team could have done better. The archives also include plans from previous projects and […]
These articles tell you how to conduct lessons learned meetings at the end of a project to identify the things you did right and the things you can do better. The lessons learned process includes the gathering, archiving and presentation of data about the project plans, the schedule, budget and information about the actual performance versus those plans. It includes the change order history, the project’s variances and the corrective action that was taken to resolve problems. That information gives future project managers a major advantage in quickly and accurately planning their projects and learning from your successes and mistakes.
Lessons Learned Project Management is a process that is often bypassed. That’s because project managers and team members are sick of talking about the project they have worked on for months. Skipping the lessons learned process says to your team, “This project is too small to do any of that fancy lessons learned stuff. Let’s save […]
The critical path is the longest sequence of tasks through your network. Therefore, the critical path tasks control the duration of the entire project. One day of slippage on a critical path task means your project will finish one day later. With that definition in mind, I’d like to talk about managing your critical path […]
The project lessons learned process is ineffective in most organizations. One project after another suffers from the same mistakes. What is even worse is that the bigger the project failure, the less likely they are to learn from it. The same issues that cause a project to fail also prevent the people involved from learning from […]
In many organizations, saving failing projects is a regular part of the job of all project managers. Most PMs have had to rescue their own projects from time to time. In fact, one of the traits of superstar PMs is that they can bring their own projects back from the edge of defeat. So how should you do a project […]
The post-project review processes are ineffective in most organizations. Consequently, they suffer from the same mistakes on one project after another. Even worse, the bigger the project failure, the less likely the organization is to learn from it. The same issues that cause a project to fail also prevent the people involved from learning from that failure. Organizations need […]