The Lessons Learned Habit – Part 1. Everyone knows they’re meant to capture lessons throughout the project. As as you’re busy with higher priority activities, you never really get a chance. Then the best you can do is have an end of project workshop where you hope someone will remember the lessons, the impacts, the insights.
Avoid all of that with the formation of a new habit that will take only a couple of minutes.
Whenever you write a status report, always capture one lesson from the reporting period. You can do more if you like, but always do one. Set a reminder to do it.
You’re already thinking about what’s happened recently, and any lessons you capture will be imbued with the richness of detail and context that can only be achieved by writing in the moment.
You can improve the quality and quantity of lessons captured, and – in doing so – you’ll not only improve future projects but you’ll also stand out from the crowd.
When you write a status report, capture one lesson.
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