Inspire : Public Works Mar Apr 2013
39 Often in workplaces, learning is left up to the individual. Typically, we’re all expected to bed down our successes and avoid repeating our past mistakes. However, project successes, failures and improvements are often the result of the actions of multiple individuals and the interactions between them. It's likely your organisation is running multiple projects at any given time; so learning from them is vital to improving performance. Organisations must therefore take a proactive and collective approach to gathering feedback. There is a range of collective approaches, but we fnd that getting the team together for an evaluation meeting to discuss the project has the biggest benefts. This approach -- a 'lessons-learnt workshop' -- encourages positive team relationship and fosters a culture of trust and improvement, but it is also fraught with challenges. There are four cardinal sins of the lessons-lear nt workshop that must be considered to ensure an organisation effectively learns from its previous projects. DON'T LET IT BECOME ANOTHER INEFFECTUAL MEETING Make sure this is the best meeting you have ever run. That way, people will feel positive about the time they've invested. Spend time planning your purpose and objectives and create an agenda that makes the best use of everyone's time. Make sure THOUGHT LEADERS NICK BRUSE HEAD OF THINC BEYOND The cardinal sins of post-project meetings Nick Bruse, the Head of Thinc Beyond division of project management consultancy Thinc, outlines the common mistakes made in post-project evaluations and meetings. Make sure this is the best meeting you have ever run. That way, people will feel positive about the time they've invested. you have someone responsible for facilitating or chairing the meeting. Without a strong process and facilitation, it’s likely to turn into another talkfest. If you think this will happen, it’s probably better to do nothing at all and wait until you’re confdent in the process, rather than running another ineffectual meeting that makes it harder to gain time commitments in the future.
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