- What processes, project artifacts, or activities did you include in the project that contributed to its success?
- What processes, project artifacts, or activities did you not include in the project that might have made the project more successful?
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Project Management 6145 Week 2-Learning from a Project Post-Mortem
Well I am definitely a person deeply rooted in pattern and routine…as a result of assuming my blog had our “typical” due date of Sunday I am totally late with this posting. Alas, it’s a lesson learned and one that I will not repeat next week…moving on J
This week, as the blog title eludes too, is learning from a project post mortem. It’s nowhere near as dreadful as it sounds, it’s simply a “way to learn best practices and avoid mistakes on a future project [by] review[ing] the results and activities from a project that you have completed”. Outlined below is the assignment as provided by our professor:
To prepare for this assignment, recall a project that you worked on in the past, either personal or professional, that was not successful or did not result in the desired outcomes. You may be creative and use an example from your personal life that may not relate to your job. Using the Project “Post Mortem” Review Questions found on pages 42–43 of The Project Management Minimalist, recall your experience with the project and jot down answers to as many of the questions as you can (you do not need to submit these responses). Then, reflect on the following:
Hopefully everyone is familiar with this document, if not I have hyperlinked a copy using Google docs for your reference.
The project that I commonly refer to is one with my previous employer, and I was the project lead. Sadly and incidentally, it is a perfect example of almost everything NOT to do on a project. As I’ve mentioned in several class discussions, the project was the conversion of an in-person training course to an online format to be deployed overseas.
Contributions to Project Success:
The one activity that I feel I did a good job on (and I had control of) was my communication with my team. As the lead, I stayed in constant communication with my manager regarding the status of the project, as well as my team regarding the status of their tasks. I utilized emails, in-person meetings, as well as conference calls to make sure we were all on the same page. I also effectively communicated with the client regarding our status on the project and our timeline for completion of specific tasks.
Room for Improvement:
Aside from the client and their differing visions for the project, there were several things that we as a team could have done differently. A key factor is in training and familiarizing the team with the ADDIE model. Due to the client, and our lack of formal training, the project was never rooted in grounded principles. For example learner analysis was not performed, objectives were not specified in the manner in which they should have been, there was little time given to truly analyze, design, develop, implement, or evaluate the project.
An important factor that Dr. Stolovitch provided for successful id projects, is the let the instructional design process guide the work. I feel this factor was missing from the beginning that caused a already volatile project to be more stressful than need be.
Greer, M. (2010). The project management minimalist: Just enough PM to rock your projects! (Laureate custom ed.). Baltimore: Laureate Education, Inc.
Portny, S. E., Mantel, S. J., Meredith, J. R., Shafer, S. M., Sutton, M. M., & Kramer, B. E. (2008). Project management: Planning, scheduling, and controlling projects. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.