Lessons Learned

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Does your organisation lose out on learning?

The experience of running projects contains insights that ought be useful to organisations and individuals, yet very often this useful knowledge is not fully or effectively exploited. Does your organisation learn all that it could from its delivery experience? See if you recognise anything in the post below… How can you tell your organisation is…

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Why you should have your retrospective run independently

To get the best out of people, a group lesson session needs to foster the right atmosphere, ask the right questions, and encourage the right behaviours. This can be achieved very effectively by having the lesson-gathering session(s) run by someone completely independent of the project or even the organisation. What are the benefits of having…

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What to look for in a partner to run your retrospective

You’re bought into the idea of having your project or programme retrospective run independently. So what should you look for in a partner to run your retrospective? Knowledge This is about whether the partner has a good understanding of the processes involved in identifying and capturing insights, and turning these into actionable learning. Do they understand how…

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I messed up live on air!

I was booked by Lindsay Scott of the House of PMO to deliver a webinar on setting up and working as a contractor. It was important to me that it went well, because I was also going to use the webinar to launch a brand new business – The PMO Professionals. I had some (ahem!)…

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The Campaign for Real Project Managers

I’ve been thinking about authenticity and the way that Project Managers [PMs] and PMO professionals present themselves in the professional arena. I saw a LinkedIn post a while back highlighting a vacancy advert requiring that the PM had previous experience of managing ‘ugly’ projects, and recounting experience of having interviewed multiple PMs whose projects had…

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Learning lessons from projects

I’ve always had something of a bee in my bonnet about lessons learned. It saddens me to think that many organisations don’t fully exploit the learning that passes under their noses every day from running projects. I have long thought that there must be something that we in the project management community can do to…

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Strategies for social CPD – Creating a PM community

How learning groups spontaneously form and disperse… A while back I attended an APM focus group facilitated by Dr Michael Moynagh of CPD Futures Ltd on developing strategies to improve the way that project and PMO professionals approach continuing professional development (CPD). One of the topics that came up was that established approaches to CPD (including the approach promoted…

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How to write a ‘Good’ lesson learned?

I was recently asked how to write a ‘good’ Lesson Learned. Many ‘lessons learned’ are merely observations, with no suggestion on how to do things differently. Two or three actionable recommendations are more useful than 20 observations without any suggestions. So this post is about how to write up a Lesson Learned so that it is engaging and…

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