Apost mortem in project management sphere is a process thatstakeholders undertake after the end of the project with a view ofmaking determinations and analysing aspects of the project that weresuccessful and those which did not go as planned. Thefunction of a post mortem is to provide information to processimprovements with a view of mitigating future risks and promotingbest practices that are iterative.A post mortem is a fundamental precursor to efficient risk management(Lewis, 2006).
Thebenefits of a post mortem are numerous. First it analyses the goalsversus the outcomes of a project, stakeholder participation and thebudget allocated against the costs incurred at the end of theproject. It is a vital document that indicated what went as perexpectations and what did not meet expectations. The main areas thatstakeholders analyse include communication, deadlines, conflictmanagement, morale and cost components (Lock, 2004). However, thereare some drawbacks of a post-mortem review. A review conducted at theend of the project cannot fix errors or problems that have occurredduring the project. Secondly, the post mortem may not be fundamentalto a small project.
Themembers who will attend the meeting include the project sponsor, thetrainers, and the project manager. These stakeholders will analysethe feedback available to understand how things went, and indicatewhat could the stakeholders can improve.
Inconclusion, the post mortem will discuss the lessons thatparticipants have learned the milestones and how they can use theexperience in future projects. The presentation will include elementssuch as the description of the project, the quality objectives,schedule and scope.
Lewis,R. (2006). ProjectManagement.NY: McGraw-Hill Professional
Lock,D. (2004). Advancedproject management: a structured approach.NY: Gower Publishing