A Simple Project Review Framework
If we think about the many different projects or tasks we are involved with it is tempting, once the task has been completed, to sit back and wait for positive results to come in. Hopefully that does happen!
Often, though, the results of your efforts and hard work may not be as you expected.
To learn from this experience, and to be able to benefit from it for the future, you need to have a positive review process built around the process of Evaluation which is outlined below in a number of Key Review Areas:
Impact: using sensible and realistic measures including Key performance Indicators (KPIs), Outcomes, Intended Consequences, Unintended Consequences and a broad critical review.
Stakeholders: what is the impact upon primary, secondary and third-level stakeholders and how are they linked together? This includes decision-makers, those in control of information, people who have an interest in the topic, customers and those working with us.
Relationships: links between the subject of the project or task compared to other subject areas or activities. The key here is to compare, contrast and collate results to identify trends.
Cost-benefit: using data to establish where things have improved but also where more work is needed to reduce costs. This can include Value Added, productivity, Efficiency, Effectiveness and Innovation.
Micro-level Evaluation: a local, limited review framework. This can include Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.
Macro-level Evaluation: a wider and far-ranging framework including the Political, Economic, Social, Environmental and Legal environments.
Nobody wants to make the same mistakes every time that you run a Project or Task – management success comes from being analytical and being reflective upon what has happened and learning from the process.
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