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Jan 15, 2019 14:59:06

Do lessons learned lead to learned lessons?

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Brandon Wilson

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I have participated in many different projects over the years. Some projects were small in scope and short term. Other projects were major implementations. There is a common element to many of these projects. Usually toward the end of the project or right after the project is finished, there is a meeting with everyone to talk about "lessons learned." The stated intent of the meeting is to have an open discussion about the project itself. People want to know what went wrong, what went well, what could have gone better. Someone may even take notes. 

While I have attended many of these "lessons learned" meetings at the ends of projects, I have never attended one at the start of a project. Wouldn't it make sense to start a project with all the learned lessons from the last project? It is frustrating to see many of the same mistakes happen on project after project even though everyone supposedly learned their lessons.

What is the point of having lessons learned if no one learns the lessons? Are there any project managers who can comment on how they have been able to carry forward the experience learned from each previous project to make the next one that much better?

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    @brandonwilson This is pretty amazing. I am looking for change careers and go in the way of PM, and this is a great thought for me to follow through with!

    Hannah Dee avatar Hannah Dee | Jan 15, 2019 17:13:14
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      @hannahdee Thank you! Good luck on the career change.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 15, 2019 23:13:19
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    @brandonwilson - Good point. Short and to the point writing style. That's what I aim to achieve as well.

    On the content - I am not a project manager but I have worked on many projects and try my best to make each iteration better than the last. I try to address my lessons learnt and make firm decisions about things I learnt the hard way.
    Consciously discussing this at the beginning of a new project makes a lot of sense.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jan 15, 2019 09:12:32
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