December is usually a very busy month for wrapping up programs and projects.Many organizations like to close out projects at the end of their fiscal year in order to match up projects and funding.
During this period, some organizations conduct project debrief sessions during the project-close process.Some project teams refer these debrief sessions as “lessons-learned” sessions.
We highly recommend having project debrief sessions after every major program and/or project. We further recommend that our clients call these sessions “project-debriefing”, or “close-out” sessions.Why?Because what you learn from these sessions are only lessons learned if implemented or integrated into your project execution and/or managing and controlling processes.
We believe, at a minimum, the following five (5) questions should be asked during any project debriefing session.
1.If we had to do this project all over again, what would we do different?
2.What would we do the same?
3.If we missed any milestones, financial, scope/quality targets, why did it happen?