Why Nobody Really Learns from ‘Lessons Learned’ in Projects

In times where the Project Management industry is continuously confronted with low project performance rates, one process which aims to contribute to the improvements of project performance is to gather lessons and resulting learnings from a conducted project, commonly known as “Lessons Learned”.

This is an activity that usually is being executed as part of the project closure process, with the goal to feed its learnings into future projects and to avoid mistakes that have been made before.

The reality however is that Lessons Learned meetings are usually just conducted as part of some project protocol, just to get something off the chest and to move on. Often, such sessions are not being conducted at all because of time pressures to get going with the next project.

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