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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Marcus Glowasz
Marcus Glowasz
Marcus Glowasz is a project management specialist, coach, and advisor. He works with leaders and organizations to build data-literate and evidence-driven project teams and pave the way for data-informed and AI-supported project work. He is the author of the book "Leading Projects with Data", which provides invaluable insights on overcoming cultural and behavioral barriers to achieving success in data-driven and evidence-based project delivery.