RE: How to define and identify lessons learned? | Eval Forward

From one of my former projects we developed a publication called Compendium which is a consolidation of lessons learned from seven years of implementation. This task was in preparation of the Project Completion Report which subsequently informed the design of a new/follow up project.

The process of documenting lessons learned in project management is a systematic one and involves consultations with a wide range of stakeholders and beneficiaries alike to identify and generate evidences which substantiate the selected experiences as lessons learned.

Techniques for processing lessons learned could be one or a mix of the following:

1. Outcome Harvesting (OH), 

2. After-Action Reviews (AAR) and/or 

3. Perspective Analysis (PA) 

These are techniques I have experience applying and I found them effective.

Kind regards,