By Alison Smith
In the news this week it has been announced that there will be the recreation of a student prank from 1958. The prank carried out by engineering students was to put an Austin Seven car on top of the Senate roof at Cambridge University.
Many had wondered how they had managed to get a car onto such a high position, and especially how they had not been caught in the act. Now I am not suggesting that you stage such audacious recreations, but instead think of your project successes, and consider how you can recreate successful projects using lessons learned as a guide.
In a previous blog we looked at how despite investing a great deal of time, and money into key projects it can sometimes come down to small decisions, or lessons previously learned to achieve project success. It is all very well to have a register of lessons learned, or a database, but if the information is either too difficult to access, or simply put in a file only to gather dust, there is a real risk of repeating the same errors, or simply wasting time reworking the same ground.
I agree that recreating exactly the same circumstances will not totally mirror the current project dilemma’s that you face, but it is vital to use past experience as a guide to help you overcome issues that arise in your projects. This can save time and money in achieving the right result.
So my question to you is do you use past success to deliver current projects? If so How?