When doing a Project Closeout, two of the steps are Evaluate Project Performance and Perform Lessons Learned with a Team Celebration as the final step. There are tons of articles out there about evaluating what went wrong with a project but very few about evaluating what went right.
I recently came across an article by David Cotgreave that was both insightful and humorous that goes into quite a bit of detail on concentrating on ‘what went right’.
It goes well, you high five one another and enthusiastically move onto the next project. It goes badly and you navel gaze. Imagine the valuable lessons that you could learn by pausing to identify what worked and making each lesson a habit in the future.
When you have a bump in your car that was your fault, you berate yourself for pulling out, for overtaking at that moment or for not concentrating reversing into that space. But how many times had you previously done all of these things and not suffered any negative consequence? Did you congratulate yourself on those occasions for what you did right and make a mental note to do more of that in the future? Of course not, but whatever you did in those instances is what kept you safe, so perhaps “why stuff goes right” is worthy of the same level of scrutiny as why it goes wrong. View the full post… cio.com
The Project Performance phase should concentrate on the good as well as the bad and the good things should be pointed out in Lessons Learned for reference in future projects when handing it off to the PMO.