HERNDON, VA - Celerity's Director of Project & Program Management and VP of Web & Mobile recently spoke at a Project Management Community of Practice Forum for K12, America’s leading provider of online education for grades K-12.
The forum, open to all interested parties across K12 locations in Herndon, Portland, and Oklahoma City, facilitates productive discussions among Project Managers and Scrum Masters to sharpen their skills around project management strategies and methods.
Helfrich and Beller's presentation was called, "The Four L's: A Different Take on Lessons Learned," and highlighted a method widely used in Agile Communitites for Sprint retrospectives. Celerity's team adapted it to reflect holistically upon completed projects.
The methodology uses the following questions:
- What did you really like about the project?
- What did you learn from the project?
- What did the project lack? (i.e. What could have been done better?)
- What did you long for? (i.e. What aspirations and aims would you liked to have had?)
The audience learned methods for preparing and performing this exercise to gain valuable retrospect into projects, and brainstormed ways to define clear pathways to future action items. The interactive format gave participants the chance to share experiences and ask questions throughout the discussion. K12 also briefly shared a format and tool that one of their Scrum Masters recently used for capturing lessons learned.
The organization is familiar with Celerity through a consulting partnership that resulted in a new Project Management Office for K12 last year. The new PMO helps K12 keep up with a growing number of complex software development efforts by providing centralized oversight and governance around project intake, risk and issue management, change management, and reporting.
Check out Project Management work we've done for K12 here, and related blog posts here.