Have you ever noticed that the topics raised at project post mortems tend to be pretty much the same every project? It’s deja vu all over again! How many times can we “learn” that goals were unclear, or communication sucked, or late changes to the requirements caused quality issues in the shipping product, and on and on. In fact, the same things happen so frequently that one web site actually offers a post-mortem survey. You can just give your team the survey and they can check off the things that happened . . . AGAIN. No need to analyze too deeply, all of the usual suspects are there. Check out the Project Connections web site for this survey. Membership is free, as are some of the templates. Premium membership is only $149 a year, and you can try it free for 15 days. The Lessons Learned Survey is free to basic (non-paying) members. Since it always seems to be the same “lessons”, I’ve started doing lessons learned at the beginning of the project and then managing the project to assure that these problems don’t occur . . . AGAIN! After all, who wants to make the same old boring mistakes over and over? I much prefer making new and more interesting mistakes.