Lessons Learned sessions can be very helpful - and if you're luck enough to keep yours on the project schedule, then this template may help you. It looks a little rough pasted into this post and one of the tables turned into a bullet list, but I think you'll get the idea.
The purpose of this template is to help the project team share knowledge gained from experience so that the entire organization may benefit. A successful Lessons-Learned program will help project teams:
B. At the end of your project, use this document to summarize your experience.
During your discussions:
During each project team meeting discuss what strategies contributed to success as well as areas of potential improvement. Enter your conclusions in the table below (insert rows as needed):
Strategies and Processes that led to Success
Areas of Potential Improvement
At the end of your project, gather all stakeholders for a Lessons-Learned meeting:
Step 1: As a group exercise, fill out the Lessons Learned Checklist (create hyperlink if needed)
Step 2: Use the questions below to summarize your Lessons-Learned discussion. Enter comments in the areas provided. Focus on Lessons Learned that will help in future projects. (Insert rows as needed)
A. List this project’s three biggest successes.
Factors that Promoted this Success
B. List other successes that the team would like highlighted:
C. List areas of potential improvement along with high-impact improvement strategies:
D. Enter other comments:
I have reviewed the information contained in this Project Lessons-Learned Document and agree:
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11/18/2009 7:01 AM
Great document and thanks for sharing this. I've found it essential for a team to declare both the good and bad if you're committed to positive growth.
We're just finishing a project and we'll have a project review meeting so I'd love to have this to use - so please email the template.
Primoz Frelih, PMP
11/20/2009 9:52 AM
Thanks for sharing and I see you have covered the hard and the soft factors needed for continous improvement. And just when I thought a template alone cannot be enough and started to miss a proper process in place I saw the link to your post about "Transferring Lessons Learned to Others" from 09/11/09. Great! Best regards from Ljubljana.
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11/27/2009 9:13 PM
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9/2/2010 12:29 PM
The template is great and contains all details needed but if it was in downloadable format it would have been great and useful for everyone
9/13/2010 4:29 PM
I like this template a lot - would like a copy please.
9/21/2010 1:39 PM
I would like a copy. Thank you.
9/29/2010 8:47 PM
Great template, great post. Thanks!
9/30/2010 1:54 AM
Please send me all attachments, WORD. Thanks
9/30/2010 2:38 PM
Great help! Would like to have a copy please. Thanks a lot!
10/4/2010 3:36 PM
Some very useful content included. I would appreciate a copy of your template please.
10/28/2010 3:29 PM
I found the content very useful.
Appreciate if you could send me the soft copy of the same.
Thanks in advance.
11/15/2010 7:55 AM
Please email me the template. Thank you!
11/24/2010 8:48 AM
Very informative help! Would like to have a copy please. Thanks a lot!
12/14/2010 6:46 PM
Your template looks excellent. Please email me a copy. Thanks.
12/16/2010 10:29 PM
Thank you for sharing. I like your approach. May I have a copy of the template?
12/21/2010 6:08 AM
Anyone who has asked for a copy of the Lessons Learned template but has not yet received it, please send me a note again and I'll get it to you. Thanks!
12/21/2010 10:11 AM
this is a great template for lessons learned , it a grate effort
could you please send me a copy
thanks in advanced
12/27/2010 5:27 AM
Nice template Brad ! Please send me a copy. Happy holidays
12/28/2010 11:17 PM
Very good template Brad ! I liked it much ! Please send me a copy. Happy holidays
1/2/2011 8:44 PM
Please forward a copy of your template. Happy Holidays
1/4/2011 6:32 PM
Good work Brad! Very usefull. Could you please send me the template? Thanks!
Good work Brad! Very useful. Could you please send me the template? Thanks!
1/4/2011 10:04 PM
Please send me a copy of the template. I have a Lessons Learned session on this Thursday. Thanks!
1/6/2011 5:45 PM
Please email me the template. very nice. thanks.
1/11/2011 2:58 PM
Very useful. Could you please send me the template? Thanks!
1/12/2011 11:41 PM
Would you please email me the template. Thanks!
1/14/2011 11:25 PM
hi...very informative...would really be grateful if u can send me a template of ur Lesso n learned Doc in WORD..Thank u in advance!:)
1/19/2011 4:40 PM
Great template. Could you please send it to me.
1/19/2011 11:50 PM
I would be grateful to receive a copy of the template. Many thanks.
1/28/2011 8:46 PM
Thanks for information would like to have your templet Please can you send me
1/31/2011 10:55 PM
This is great - can you please send me a copy of the template. Thank you.
2/1/2011 5:06 PM
This is an excellent template, can you please send me a copy of the template.
2/2/2011 5:58 PM
Great work indeed !
This document will increase my confidence in managing the project efficiently. I do hope that project manager should be much more assertive to forsee team's success.
2/3/2011 10:50 AM
This is a good and useful template. Good work, Brad!
Can you please send me a copy? Thanks! :-)
2/6/2011 7:15 AM
This is great! Can I please get a copy?
2/9/2011 7:03 PM
Could you please send me the Lessons Learned template. Thank you.
2/21/2011 5:33 AM
Hi Brad...This is really very useful and informative. Could you please send me the copy of this Lessons Learned template?! Thank you.
2/23/2011 12:48 PM
Thanks for the post - please could you send me a copy of the template.
2/23/2011 8:59 PM
Hello, I would like to have a copy of the template too!
2/26/2011 1:34 PM
2/28/2011 7:02 AM
All - I am happy to provide this template to anyone who requests it. I believe that I've sent it to all who have requested it above, but if I've missed any of you, please comment again or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get it to you promptly. Thanks!
3/5/2011 10:12 PM
I have volunteered to research possible Lessons Learned procedures and data capture techniques and your form and suggested process to begin at the beginning of each project is unique in my searching so far.
can you please send me a WORD format of your template as included above and any other materials you may be willing to share related to succesfully capturing these Lessons.
i am particularly interested in building a process for "Lessons Applied" in the formulation efforts of a new project so that Issue, Risk, and Change Management can benefit from previous projects - succesful or not.
Thank you, bgbg
3/29/2011 8:56 AM
Really good template.Can I have a copy in word or Excel at my email id email@example.com
3/29/2011 2:43 PM
Dear Brad, good stuff. Can I have a copy in word or Excel at my email id, please?
Thank you. BB
4/10/2011 8:37 AM
Could you please send me the Lessons Learned template. Thank you.
4/15/2011 5:11 PM
Very great stuff, really what I was looking for. Could you please send me the template?
4/15/2011 10:17 PM
Could you please send me the template. thanks!
4/15/2011 11:05 PM
Would you send me the template please? It looks great.
4/18/2011 10:57 PM
Looks like a very useful template. Could you please send it to me. Thanks!
4/19/2011 9:57 AM
Great template! Would you please send me the template in Word. Thanx!
What a great template! Would you please send me the template in Word. Thanx!
5/5/2011 3:59 PM
I agree. Great template. I would really appreciate the template in Word.
5/11/2011 5:23 AM
fantastic. Can I have the template as well.
5/11/2011 6:19 AM
Please could you share the template. Thank you
5/11/2011 3:20 PM
Please provide me with the word template as well. It is exactly what I was looking for.
5/14/2011 3:05 PM
Please send word doc.
5/19/2011 7:35 PM
May I please gat a word doc of this? Nice work.. thanks.
5/20/2011 7:21 PM
Great template input. Can you please send me a MS Word copy of the template?
5/20/2011 9:03 PM
Does anyone know of or use a good Lessons Learned Datatbase.. Im a engineering intern and one of the projects i was assigned was implementing a system.. All help appreciated....
5/26/2011 6:49 PM
Please send me the Word doc - thanks!
Ian De Proost
5/30/2011 9:08 AM
Looks awesome! Please send me the Word doc - Much appreciated!
5/31/2011 8:13 PM
Please send me the Word document template.
6/1/2011 9:34 AM
6/1/2011 2:20 PM
Excellent. Could you please send me the Word document template?
6/3/2011 10:45 AM
Nicely put. Can U pl mail me the template, firstname.lastname@example.org
6/3/2011 4:35 PM
Great article, please forward the word doc. to me if you would. Thanks
6/6/2011 3:04 PM
Amazing and helpful article.
please share the template in word file. Thanks
6/9/2011 3:29 AM
Excellent template. Could you please send me the Word document ?
6/9/2011 2:09 PM
Please send me the word version, thanks
6/13/2011 8:04 PM
Sounds great! Would you please send me a copy of the template in Word format as well.
Donna Kay Miller
6/13/2011 9:50 PM
This is great! Please send me a copy of the template that I may change. I will be adding a section for roadblocks, such as took too long to get laptop to offsite consultants, ID setup, late change requests, etc.
6/14/2011 5:56 PM
I would like to work with this template. Could you please send me the Word document ?
6/15/2011 2:37 PM
This looks great. I would love a copy of your template. This would be great for my team to use. Thanks so much for sharing!
6/17/2011 5:39 AM
Looks excellent - could you please send me the Word document ?
7/18/2011 9:50 PM
This is what I need! May I have a copy of the template?
7/20/2011 5:53 PM
This is very clear, and has a lot of value. I always get blank stares when asking about lessons learned, this will be a great catalyst to get the discussion going. I'd love the .doc version!
7/21/2011 4:03 PM
Thank you for this template may I have the word version as well?
7/26/2011 11:57 AM
I would like to base a lessons learned meeting on this template - please could you supply the Word version?
7/28/2011 5:47 AM
Hi.. thanks so much, great and very valuable read. Could I receive a word doc also, please? Thanks again!
8/4/2011 5:33 AM
Very useful and practical template. Yes, a version in MS Word or Excel will be really welcome.
8/5/2011 7:43 AM
Thanks Great template input. Can you please send me a MS Word copy of the template?
8/5/2011 9:12 AM
Great template - can you please send me a MS Word copy of the template?
8/9/2011 2:23 PM
Please forward word copy and thanks for sharing!!!
8/14/2011 1:41 AM
Is it possible to get a copy in word? Any more ms projects templates you wouldn't mind sharing?
8/16/2011 4:37 PM
Nice document. Can I also receive a word copy? Thanks...
8/17/2011 12:01 AM
Great content and format - May I have the Word version, please? Thank you!
8/18/2011 6:44 PM
Love the format. Would you please send me the MS Word version/template. Thanks!
8/20/2011 2:35 AM
Great to learn this. May i have a copy in MS Word, please? Thank you.
8/24/2011 3:17 PM
May I please have a copy of the template emailed to me (MS WORD). Thanks so much!
8/26/2011 10:11 AM
Great Template - would it be possible to have this as a word document please.
8/30/2011 8:45 PM
This is exactly what I'm looking for - can I get the Word document? Thanks so much!
9/2/2011 2:07 AM
Please send me a word doc on this lessons learned document. This is really good
9/6/2011 4:52 PM
Did anyone get the template in the end? I would really find it useful too - would anyone with a copy mind sending it through to me too? email@example.com
FANTASTIC article and template!
9/8/2011 1:08 AM
Definitely one of the best templates I've seen! Could someone please email it to me too? firstname.lastname@example.org
9/8/2011 10:13 AM
Excellent and very useful template. If possible, kindly send me this template
In Word document. Thanks.
9/14/2011 2:00 PM
Simple & Nice explanation.
Please share the template to email@example.com
9/16/2011 5:38 PM
Nice document. Can I also receive a word copy? Thank you
9/21/2011 4:46 PM
Very Nice template, which i came across.. Please send Word document to Me.
9/23/2011 12:25 AM
Hi, thanks for posting these tips on a lessons learned workshop, its great to not have to reinvent the wheel. Can you please email me the word template? Thanks
9/23/2011 6:18 PM
Hello could you send the word doc template of lesson learned, thks
9/27/2011 2:53 PM
Hello. Great template ! Is it possible to get the word doc ?
10/11/2011 10:17 AM
Thanks. Valuable input. Filling out the lessons learned on the way is very much the agile philosophie. It allows to fast take action and improve the project.
2/7/2012 1:56 PM
Hi, great looking template. could you send me the word template please? Thanks.
Killian K Cabe
2/21/2012 11:44 AM
Great Template, clear concise while allowing flexibility, can I get the word version please
3/1/2012 7:12 PM
I agree with other posts; can please I get the word version as well?
3/8/2012 5:03 PM
Can you please send me the word template? Thanks!
3/20/2012 5:05 PM
Please send me the Word template. Thanks!
3/26/2012 2:10 PM
hey plz send me word file .. its damn urgent ..
plz send it on
if any 1 have
3/26/2012 9:44 PM
No doubt that its a great template.
I feel that PM must spend enough time to do closing activity of projects. If the organization has its own template then PMs are advised to use it and if scope is there to provide more information then missing sections can be filled up from this template.
3/30/2012 4:12 PM
Great Content, you are absolutely right Lessons Learned should be done through out the whole project.
Can you please send the Word Document,
3/30/2012 11:38 PM
This is great information for closing a project. Would it be possible to get the word document.
Julio C. Ohep
4/9/2012 7:23 PM
Very use fuel template.
¿Could I get a copy of the Word version?
4/9/2012 7:25 PM
Very usefull template.
4/10/2012 2:53 AM
Great ideas! Especially the suggestion of documenting throughout life cycle of project. Could you please send me the word version? Please and thank you!!
4/11/2012 3:56 AM
I'd like to get a copy of this in word format as well.
4/17/2012 9:01 AM
Could I get a copy as well, thanks
4/18/2012 4:52 PM
Just what I was looking for.. can you send me a copy of it in word format?
4/19/2012 6:19 PM
Would appreciate a Word copy please.
4/23/2012 4:49 PM
Please i would like to have soft copy of this lessons learnt. Greatful if you can send it to firstname.lastname@example.org Many Thanks.
4/25/2012 2:26 AM
am interested in your word template...thanks much, this looks great.
4/26/2012 1:06 PM
Great template - would appreciate a word copy please. Thanks.
4/30/2012 7:13 PM
If it's not too late, I'd like to see the word doc.
5/2/2012 6:27 PM
Can you share the word template? Thanks in advance for your help
5/4/2012 3:01 PM
Hi _ please send the word document if its not too late....Tks
5/8/2012 10:35 PM
I would like the Word document too. Thanks!
5/11/2012 3:57 PM
Great lessons learned information. Would it be possible to get the Word document/template?
5/30/2012 4:04 PM
Great post, would it be possible to get the word document aswell. Thanks again!
6/12/2012 6:29 PM
this is a pretty good article. how lazy does a person have to be to get this info for free and then ask for a word doc? idiots!
6/13/2012 10:39 PM
Hi, this is great. How do we obtain the word document?
Santosh Kumar Nair
6/23/2012 6:17 PM
How can we get a doc file for the template.....its a good one to start with
Could you email the doc file to: email@example.com
6/24/2012 3:21 AM
Would you send me the word doc, please?
7/4/2012 10:00 PM
Could I please get the word version.
7/10/2012 8:23 PM
Thank you for this. Could I also get the word doc?
7/25/2012 6:27 PM
Very useful info. Could I get a word version?
7/31/2012 3:36 PM
Thank you for sharing this - please provide the word document.
8/3/2012 12:18 PM
Could I get a soft copy.
8/7/2012 5:47 AM
Jimmy & everyone - You can download this document from the templates and downloads section of my website at www.bradegeland.com. Thanks for reading and requesting!
9/27/2012 3:19 PM
Please send me the Lessons Learned Word template document.
9/30/2012 11:31 AM
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10/10/2012 11:26 AM
Hi there - I really like this template - simple but effective. I would really appreciate the word version please. Thanks!
10/18/2012 12:56 AM
great doc,please can you share the word doc temple with me. thanks
11/6/2012 12:36 AM
I like it - can I get a word doc version please?
11/14/2012 1:48 AM
I like it as well, can i get an urgent copy
11/23/2012 2:54 PM
This is a great template....kindly help to send me a word template!
11/24/2012 11:14 PM
good template, can you send me the word document???
11/24/2012 11:15 PM
can you send me the word doc
11/29/2012 6:49 PM
Great tool. Would you mind emailing me the template, as well? Thanks so much.
12/14/2012 8:54 AM
It will be great if you could send me a copy of the Lessons Learnt Template In a word doc . As we are planning to have a standard Template for our projects and this one is Good and the one I was looking for :)
Appreciate if this is sent ASAP
1/3/2013 4:14 PM
Great template. Can you please send me the Word doc?
Thanks in advance,
1/3/2013 9:19 PM
Can I get a copy of the Word document?
1/10/2013 5:49 AM
Kindly email me in word 2007. TQ
2/15/2013 1:45 AM
Great Template. If you could email me the word doc. that would be much appreciated.
2/20/2013 2:32 PM
Could you email the template in word 2007 please
Thank you very much
2/26/2013 5:17 PM
i agree - nice template and format. Could I get a copy in Word format as well?
3/1/2013 4:03 PM
Great stuff...Please send me a MS Word copy.
3/13/2013 4:07 PM
Great! Could you please send me a MS Word copy?
3/19/2013 1:17 PM
Can you please send me a Word copy? Thanks!!!
3/22/2013 9:17 PM
I would also like a copy of the Word template, please!
4/1/2013 3:55 PM
Could you please send me a MS Word copy? Thank you!
4/5/2013 12:16 PM
Hi! Amazing! How do you get a word copy please? CHeers, Adam
4/19/2013 5:21 PM
You're Right, it's' often forgotten while it is very important !
Please provide me your template in order to use it ASAP.
5/2/2013 2:59 PM
Please send me the word template...thanks so much!
5/5/2013 12:26 PM
Hi. Great post. Could you please email me the word template. Thanks.
5/8/2013 5:03 AM
Very topical issue for us. Please send me the word template, thanks!
Hieu Ho Trung
5/19/2013 3:16 PM
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Could you please email me the word template.
Thanks a lot,
5/23/2013 5:05 PM
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Farrah Imam Andejani
5/25/2013 12:21 PM
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5/25/2013 12:24 PM
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6/4/2013 1:01 AM
Love this. Great template. May I have a Word template sent to me, please?
6/6/2013 6:38 PM
If you are still sending it out, will you please send me the word template as well?
6/10/2013 12:01 PM
Looks like a perfect template. Is it possible to share MS Word template? Thanks in advance!
6/14/2013 5:23 PM
Could you please send me the word template. This may be just the thing i'm looking for. Thanks in advance.
6/19/2013 8:58 AM
Please could you send me the word template, much appreciated. Cheers
6/19/2013 12:07 PM
Could you send me please the Word template? Thank you :-)
6/21/2013 1:05 PM
Could you please send me the Word template?
6/21/2013 9:03 PM
Could you please send me the Word Template? This looks like just the approach for my team.
6/24/2013 11:24 AM
Your word template looks great ! Could you send me please ? It will help me for my training.
6/25/2013 9:52 PM
Thanks for this information - it looks very well organized and helpful. Could you kindly email me the word document?
6/26/2013 7:35 PM
Can I please get a copy as well?
6/26/2013 7:38 PM
Link didn't work, requesting again!
6/27/2013 12:50 PM
The format you have described for compilation of Lessons learnt is comprehensive. Thanks a lot. May I request you for the word document format .
7/9/2013 7:38 PM
Thank you for posting the template. Could you kindly forward me the word document?
7/13/2013 6:07 AM
7/18/2013 5:28 PM
i found this very informative can you send me the word document format please
8/7/2013 6:19 PM
8/8/2013 5:32 PM
Please email the word document template. Great template!
9/10/2013 6:30 PM
Please email me the word document. We are starting to implement a Lessons Learned Session at project closeout.
9/17/2013 6:19 PM
If you could send me this Work Template that would be great.
10/17/2013 9:49 PM
Please email me a copy in Word. It is exactly what I'm looking for.
10/24/2013 11:54 AM
Nice, I will love to see the word version. kindly send a copy.
10/29/2013 2:28 PM
I would like a Word docx as well; why not just post one?
11/28/2013 11:11 AM
Your template looks great ! Could you please send me the Word template?
12/18/2013 5:20 PM
Love this template, can you send me the word template?
1/28/2014 6:27 PM
Nice, I will like to see the word version. Please send me a copy.
Can you post it for all to use?
2/9/2014 6:49 PM
3/4/2014 10:50 PM
This is very helpful. Please send me the Word template.
3/24/2014 9:07 AM
Great template. Could I get a Word copy please?
4/4/2014 7:24 PM
Could you please send me a word copy of this template as well. Well done.
4/9/2014 3:29 PM
Please could you send me this template in word format?
Thanks & regards,
4/11/2014 11:02 AM
Great Template. If you could email me the word doc. that would be appreciated.
Thank you. :)
4/18/2014 9:58 AM
nice and precise template, can i get more simplified templates for lessons learned of a construction project in word document format?
your quick response would be appreciated
Ijaz Construction Company, Pakistan
6/17/2014 10:11 PM
HI Brad, Really good stuff! Just awesome, Please do send me a MS copy so that I can put it in play from the beginning of this Project.
6/30/2014 4:29 AM
This is what I'm looking. Can I have ms document copy too?
7/22/2014 5:52 PM
Hi Brad, this is a good structured template. I would like to use it in my time and material project what covers development of design methods including development of small applications for automation tasks in the design processes. Could you provide it in a word document format because I have to translate it into German language and make some adaptions.
IndustrieHansa Consulting & Engineering GmbH, Germany
7/24/2014 8:45 AM
Very nice article - on the spot - and really good template. I would love to have this template - any format.
Birgit Benson, PMP
IT Customer Relations Sr. Manager
8/27/2014 4:09 PM
Thanks for very nice article and useful template.
I would also love to have this template in word format.
Junior Project management consultant
Project Arena, Tanzania
C. Andrian, PMP
9/22/2014 10:46 PM
Thank you for sharing. I would like to request a Word template of this as well. Please and thank you!
Foster City, CA
9/29/2014 6:29 AM
This is great! Could you please send me the template in MS Word?
10/13/2014 10:14 AM
Can you please send the template for construction project to me?
11/5/2014 8:00 PM
Hi could you please send me the DOC file?
1/15/2015 7:28 PM
Hello, could you please send me the doc file? Tkns a lot!
1/27/2015 6:50 AM
Please send me the doc file. Very good template. Thanks a bunch!
1/28/2015 5:46 PM
Great template. Could I please have a word copy?
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