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

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Lessons Learned

In addition to published reports of best practices, we all have our own collections of lessons learned from our personal experiences or those of our colleagues. Canceled projects or those that struggled to deliver a product provide a rich source of insights that can save your team grief on the next project—if you take the time to glean and apply those lessons. The most effective way to reap this harvest of knowledge is through a project retrospective. (See Chapter 15.) During a retrospective, project participants reflect on the experiences of the previous project, phase, or iteration. Some of these reflections will lead to lessons regarding different approaches to try the next time around. Successful projects are even more valuable, ...

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