Have you ever noticed that the topics raised at project post mortems tend to be pretty much the same every project? It’s deja vu all over again! How many times can we “learn” that goals were unclear, or communication sucked, or late changes to the requirements caused quality issues in the shipping product, and on and on. In fact, the same things happen so frequently that one web site actually offers a post-mortem survey. You can just give your team the survey and they can check off the things that happened . . . AGAIN. No need to analyze too deeply, all of the usual suspects are there. Check out the Project Connections web site for this survey. Membership is free, as are some of the templates. Premium membership is only $149 a year, and you can try it free for 15 days. The Lessons Learned Survey is free to basic (non-paying) members. Since it always seems to be the same “lessons”, I’ve started doing lessons learned at the beginning of the project and then managing the project to assure that these problems don’t occur . . . AGAIN! After all, who wants to make the same old boring mistakes over and over? I much prefer making new and more interesting mistakes.
About The Author
Kimberly Wiefling helps individuals, teams and organizations achieve what SEEMS impossible, but is merely difficult. How? By turning managers into leaders and groups of people into real teams through her unique "WorkShocks" - highly engaging, experiential, interactive "Learning Laboratories" where meaningful positive change happens. DEEP EXPERIENCE with GLOBAL COMPANIES: Kimberly has worked all over the US, Europe and Asia, traveling to Japan over 100 times, to work with culturally diverse employees of globalizing Japanese companies. Her superpower is bringing people with diverse backgrounds, cultures & styles together, across borders and boundaries of every kind, to achieve what none could do alone. See details of her work at Silicon Valley Alliances. Kimberly’s first book, Scrappy Project Management, was also published in Japanese by the #1 business publisher in Japan, Nikkei Business Press. She has edited and co-authored an additional 6 books in the “Scrappy Guides” series, and dozens of blogs. Her mentor, Dr. Edgar Schein, wrote the foreword to her new book “Inspired Organizational Cultures – Discover Your DNA, Engage Your People, and Design Your Future”, which was published in a dual English/Japanese format in March of 2018.