Connecting Project Lessons Learned to your IT Strategy with Project Retrospectives
A general term for a review conducted after major project milestones is lessons learned. Company culture influences the review structure and amount of formality that stakeholders use to evaluate project outcomes and reflect on experiences. Lessons learned can range from quick, highly subjective opinions about “how things went” to detailed examinations of performance compared to project goals and objectives. A productive lessons learned process should also generate inputs that support a cycle of continual improvement throughout the organization. The implication is that participants internalize lessons learned, transforming these experiences into wisdom that will be applied later. On a singular project level, with experienced team members, and a relatively low rate of change, this may be adequate. In larger, more complex organizations, with new projects and new team members, there are tremendous learning opportunities associated with transferring the lessons learned out of the source project and sharing them across the organization.

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