Why do a Project Review? (What are the Benifits?)
Lessons learned from Project Reviews are useful from many perspectives. The real benefit from Project Reviews is the opportunity to step back and tack a deeper look into the system. During the throes of delivery when a problem is observed, the inclination is to fix things quickly without a thorough examination of what is really happening. We call this the ready, fire, aim approach. Sometimes this works. We get lucky; smart team members use their insight to aim the arrow correctly. Project Reviews that follow this process allow us to take a deeper look and examine the underlying values, practices, and assumptions that got us in trouble in the first place. We can then precisely craft an appropriate solution and monitor the solution carefully.
What's in it for Management?
What's in it for Teams?
- Management benefits by gaining insight into the way that the organization is working.
- It enhances our ability to distinguish between common causes and special causes of variation in the project development process.
- The organization can work collaboratively towards a common understanding of the system.
- It builds common metrics so we can track our efforts across projects.
- It provides an opportunity to exercise fact based management.
- It facilitates the development of a clearer vision of improvement in the system.
- It helps in visualizing what change would look like.
What's in it for Project Managers?
- Teams learn how roles and responsibilities can be redesigned to enhance product development.
- It provides an historical link through which we can build or accumulate theory and knowledge.
- It provides an opportunity for teams to take effective action and have control over the future that increases job satisfaction, morale, and our ability to take joy in work.
- Teams can build on their understanding of common assumptions.
- It provides a structured process for developing shared learning and shared meaning.
What's in it for Individual Contributors
- Project managers learn how to improve project management methods and infrastructure to enhance productivity and ensure that project goals are met.
- It helps us identify and work towards common, known, related goals.
- It separates the people from the system.
- It provides different points of view and perspectives so we can evaluate our assumptions.
- It enhances our understanding of the current reality.
- Individual contributors learn how to improve tasks and deliverables to increase effectiveness.
- It increases our understanding of key elements needed to support productive work.
- It helps us see how our actions impede or enhance the success of the project.
- It reveals weakness and strengths in our project documentation and communication methods.
- It provides an opportunity to get closure.