Post-planning review prevents poor project performance

Although project management evaluations are often conducted at the closeout of projects, this article suggests that post-planning project management reviews can achieve an organization's long- and short-term goals more effectively. These reviews are conducted at the conclusion of a project's planning phase by an experienced project manager who is not on the project team. The reviews involve examining all project management documents, conducting interviews of key project team members, and summarizing the data in a way that makes lessons learned immediately available. Unlike post-project evaluations, which usually focus on mistakes and provide feedback after the fact, post-planning reviews use a feedforward approach that can help make adjustments in time to benefit the implementation phase of projects.
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