Are You Able To Practice True Continuous Improvement?

August 9, 2010

Do you collect lessons learned after every project? Do you document them? Do you store them in a centralized repository? Do you review them before starting a new project? The concept of lessons learned or organization best practices is solid, however implementation often fall s short. This leads to organizations continually making the same mistakes over and over again.

Agile is built around the concept of inspect and adapt or continuous improvement. After every iteration the team will pause and ask some very important questions: “What worked well?”, “What didn’t work?”, and most important “What are we going to do differently next time?”. In most cases, the very next day the team is applying what they learned. For the project manager, this practice ensures that key lessons are not forgotten and that the team is constantly focused on improvement.



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