Good Practice: Every project has the potential to help you run future projects more efficiently. Assess whether the project was a great success, a total failure or somewhere between the two. Concentrate on the big, important lessons from the project, the ones that will have a significant impact on your future projects.
In his article Lessons Learned: Why Don't We Learn From Them? Derry Simmel identifies two common problems preventing us from learning valuable lessons from past projects:
The sad truth is that these lessons learned are useful. That time spent in doing the work better is time well spent. That getting it right the first time is cheaper and easier than doing it now and fixing it later.
History has a strange way of repeating itself. If we don't take time to learn our past lessons and act on them, we will repeatedly commit the same mistakes.
Warning Sign: Making the same mistakes time and again.
Question 20: Have you looked at the lessons learned from your project?