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Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

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Learning from the Past

We can’t predict exactly which of the many threats to our projects might come to pass. However, most of us can do a better job of learning from previous experiences to avoid the same pain and suffering on future projects. As you begin to implement risk management approaches, record your actions and results for future reference. Try these suggestions:

  • Record the results of even informal risk assessments, to capture the thinking of the project participants.

  • Document the mitigation strategies attempted for each risk you chose to confront, noting which approaches worked well and which didn’t pay off.

  • Conduct retrospectives to identify the unanticipated problems that arose (see Chapter 15). Should you have been able to see them ...

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