Project Evaluation Reports and Lessons Learned

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A completed project usually culminates in the preparation of a report concerned with project performance over the period of the project life.  For larger projects this report may consist of the covering letter, cover page, summary, contents, introduction, purpose, methodology, discussion or findings, conclusions and lessons learned, recommendations and possibly numerous appendices.

Some ways of collecting the necessary project performance data for evaluation are surveys, questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, observation, and through study of project documentation, diaries and logs.  It is particularly useful to maintain a Lessons’ Learned Log.  There is no single way to structure the body of our reports (sometimes referred to as discussion, findings or observations), but one of following may be appropriate:

Knowledge Areas.  The PMI PMBOK identifies the following ten knowledge areas in terms of which project success can be evaluated:

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