(PMBOK® Guide) — Fifth Edition draft – Lesson Learned comment accepted

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) — Fifth Edition draft ‘lesson learned comment accepted with modification’.

The Draft ‘A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) — Fifth Edition’ is currently open for comments. I have made a couple of reccomendations (refer posted on ).

1) General comment for ‘lessons learned’. I am interested in understanding why Project Management methodologies and PM knowledge books seem to only use the term ‘lessons learned’? Perhaps the Project Management community needs to shift the focus to more knowledge management, which will open up the language we use in organisations. Lessons learned is only one particular element that can be used to share and use project knowledge.  …Your feedback would be most welcome.
2) Section: 9.1.1.4 Organizational Process Assets needs to also include ‘Lessons learned from previous projects’

Today feedback was received from PMI.
No. 1 was rejected as ”Recommendation is prescriptive rather than descriptive”…I am ok with this for the present moment. We need to continue working on finding a way to change PMBOK to reflect better Lessons Learned practice. Will leave this for my PhD challenge.

No. 2 was Accepted With Modification…We agree with your basic recommendation. We have modified the sentence and believe that the following re-write addresses your comment: “…Lessons learned on organizational structures that have worked in previous projects; and…”.   Happy with the outcome..one lessons learned improvement.

Until next time…

Regards, Stephen


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