Too often, when a project is done, everyone races on to the next thing, without taking time to draw out lessons learned from the experience that can be applied going forward.
Even when things have gone well on a project, you've probably learned from the experience and picked up on things that could be done differently next time. A write-up of these lessons-even just a quick bulleted list-can be hugely helpful.
But in the rush of day-to-day work, it's easy to skip a debriefing. One way to avoid that is to schedule a debriefing meeting into every project plan you create.
Here's a worksheet you can use to help structure a quick end-of-project debriefing.
How do you work in debriefs into your project management schedule? Let us know in the comments on our blog!
Alison Green writes for The Management Center and is the co-author of Managing to Change the World: the Nonprofit Manager's Guide to Getting Results.