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In recent discussions with several evolving and maturing PMO organizations, it was obvious to me that they were wrestling with the question “What is more important:  To have a robust Project Risk Management Plan in place or an actionable Project Closeout and Lessons Learned Process?’ Those of you who have followed my PMO blog since I started […]

In the wake of the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, CT this past week, many people are asking the question “What can I do to help?”  Many have answered that question by providing direct assistance to the town in the form of food or services.  But many others who are too far away to help […]

Readers of this column should be very attuned to my use of “reframing” of issues in project management, whether it be with regard to defining Significant Events for Project Lessons Learned, or addressing issues in projects that can have interpretations that lead to decisions of real consequence with regard to outcomes.  However, I have not […]

When I was a teenager, I walked into our family room one evening and found my father on his hands and knees in the middle of the floor.  Around him were four flip charts and he was drawing with crayon freehand on each of the four flip charts. “What are you doing?” I exclaimed. “You […]

So you have been a project manager for quite some time now and you think you have done a good job.  Sure, you’ve made some mistakes and some bad decisions along the way that you wish you could have reversed at the time and sown better judgment in handling.  But, overall you think you have […]

  FOREWORD:  I began writing this blog post about a year ago.  My intent was to share with project managers and others in the project community some concepts I learned from a mentor which I have used over the years to guide my direction and career.  When project lessons learned became a compelling topic for […]

In the course of my work developing an “actionable” framework for project lessons learned, I have learned that one of the great facilitating actions contributing to a robust and “actionable” Project Lessons Learned Framework is an active Project Risk Management Plan.  Many project organizations already incorporate Risk Management as a capability in their planning and execution […]

When I teach project managers about Project Lessons Learned for the single project case—that is, when a project manager identifies, documents, and shares lessons learned from a recently completed project—I emphasize three areas upon which they must focus their attention to in order to determine Significant Events for Lessons Learned.  The three areas are (1) […]

Those of you who have read my blog consistently know that I am interested in two cases in which Project Lessons Learned can be identified from projects.  I call these the Single Project Case and the Multiple Project Case.  The Single Project Case involves a project manager and his team who wish to identify, document, […]

Early in 2011, I predicted that we would see more Program Management Offices (PMOs) focusing on Project Lessons Learned as a primary rather than a secondary focus (as has been the case in the recent past).  My interactions with many PMOs have revealed that more organizations are seeking to close out projects in a more formal, systematic, […]

Several project managers have asked me to expound on my blog post about conquering the great challenges in life, and the six “ADD-vantages” one gains by this effort.  In this post, I want to share about the self awareness that I gained as a result of developing and facilitating Lessons Learned classes for the Panama […]

Sometimes project managers are as much informed by their projects, as they inform their projects.  And sometimes the lessons they learn are as valuable to the broader scheme of life, as they are to their projects going forward. What does that mean? It means that the total experience of carrying out and managing  a project […]

Everyone is talking about “Lessons Learned.”  With the wrath of hurricane Irene being felt up and down the east coast this week, David Gregory asked the FEMA Director on “Meet the Press” Sunday what lessons had been learned from Katrina that positively impacted the response to Irene.  Governor Christie of New Jersey declared that there […]

Do you think that you can snap your fingers whenever you need some vital information?  Do you think that your LinkedIn connections or your Facebook or Twitter friends will come running to your aid whenever you need help? If it was late at night, and you were sitting in front of your laptop, in a […]

Why is “Success” magazine so successful?  Is it because the articles are so skillfully written that readers feel compelled to read the magazine cover to cover?  Is it because the insights are so insightful that no reader can resist the articles? Is it because John C. Maxwell always seems to grace their pages with his […]

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