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What is a Lessons Learned System?

If you've been around project management for a while you've heard of the concept of lessons learned. Often completed at the end of a project in the form of a post-mortem or retrospective, lessons learned are collected because the project checklist tells you to do it. Rather than being another tedious project closeout task at the conclusion of a long arduous project, lessons learned can and should be a much more powerful instrument that can yield great savings in terms of time and money. So, how do you do this? First off, don't look at a lesson learned as single one off item that's jotted down with the hope that you'll never encounter that situation again. Instead, think of lessons learned as a system. A system involves the orchestration of people, process and tools to achieve a desired outcome. Let’s take each of these three elements and break it down: