The Code of Virginia directs the CIO to establish an information clearinghouse that:
- Identifies best practices,
- Identifies new developments, and
- Provides detailed information about the Commonwealth's previous major IT project experience.
The information clearinghouse is divided into Project Management (PM) Experience and PM Community "Communications" sections. The PM Experience section provides information on best practices, lessons learned, closed projects, active projects and vendors. The PM Community "Communications" section facilitates communication among project managers within the project management community by providing the means to share information about new developments, news and experience.
Project Management Experience
Best Practices and Lessons Learned
What are Best Practices and Lessons Learned?
- What is a Best Practice?
A Best practice is a process, practice, or system identified in public and private organizations that performs exceptionally well and is widely recognized as improving the performance and efficiency of organizations in specific areas. Successfully identifying and applying best practices can reduce business expenses and improve organizational efficiency.
Typically, Best Practices are positive activities or systems that you recommend to others for use in similar situations.
- What is a Lesson Learned?
A Lesson Learned documents the experience gained during a project. These lessons come from working with or solving real-world problems. Lessons learned document identified problems and how to solve them. Collecting and disseminating lessons learned helps to eliminate the occurrence of the same problems in future projects.
Lessons learned typically are negative with respect to identifying process, practice, or systems to avoid in specific situations. Lessons learned are positive with respect to identification of solutions to problems when they occur.