Tag: Lessons Learned

Retrospective Shades of Gray

Retrospective Shades of Gray

The Retrospective I love retrospectives.  It doesn’t matter if it’s an informal process that occurs naturally as team members interact or it is a formal process that occurs at the end of a meeting, an iteration, or a release.  It’s an opportunity for the team and organization to make things better.  It most certainly is on the…

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Intro to Value Stream Mapping

Intro to Value Stream Mapping

I’m in the process of doing a Current State Value Stream Mapping (VSM) for the PMO. The big questions are, based on the current state, are there areas we can improve? Can we eliminate any waste (or increase efficiencies) from our current processes? The answer to both questions is YES.  Everyone should be reviewing there processes on…

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Project Management Theater

Project Management Theater

After hearing public outcry over all of the “junk” grabbing going on at Transportation Security Agency (TSA) checkpoints, I heard the resurfacing of the term “Security Theater”.  I’m not certain if TSA “gets it”.  If you are going to take true action to help fix issues, you need to treat the cause and not a symptom.…

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We didn’t learn our lesson

We didn’t learn our lesson

As the project I support enters a new period of performance, I reviewed the lessons learned documented a year ago and compared them to the documented lessons learned from a few weeks ago. To be identified at any point of a project lifecycle (PMBOK page 437), all project managers should collect and document lessons learned. …

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Did you learn your lesson?

Did you learn your lesson?

I’m going to be facilitating a second lessons learned session later today. As part of the project closing processes, all project managers should collect and document lessons learned.  But, as many will attest, you need to be able to implement approved process improvement activities or you will just continue to revisit history at the end…

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Responsibility Assignment Matrix

Responsibility Assignment Matrix

As a graphical depiction of a more detailed perspective of responsibilities, the responsibility assignment matrix should reflect assigned responsibility by functional role for key project deliverables.  An example of roles detailed below could include (1) Project Manager, (2) Project Sponsor, (3) Implementation Manager, (N) Team Lead Project Deliverables Role 1 Role 2 Role 3 Role…

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