Lessons Learned

Lessons learned are a tool that Program Managers (PM) and program personnel can use to help identify potential areas of risk associated with their program by reviewing the experiences encountered in past programs. Lessons learned databases document what worked and what did not work in past programs, in the hopes that future programs can avoid the same pitfalls. The ultimate purpose for lessons learned is to provide future program or project teams with information that can increase effectiveness and efficiency and build on the experience that has been earned by each completed project.


Documents & Articles
Name Description
Open Technology Development Lessons Learned The purpose of this document is to help U.S. government personnel and contractors implement open technology development (OTD) for software within government projects, particularly in defense.
Army Acquisitions Lessons Learned An article that details The Center for Army Acquisition Lessons Learned (CAALL) and why it was established within the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity (AMSAA) to collect, analyze and disseminate acquisition lessons learned.
4 Lessons in Rapid Acquisitions Learned from DoD’s new ATV’s An article that details the purchase of all-terrain vehicles provides lessons in how to shorten the procurement cycle
Lessons Learned From Rapid Acquisition of the MRAP An article about the lessons learned of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle.
Review of NASA Lessons Learned Information System NASA’s principal mechanism for collecting and sharing lessons learned from Agency programs and projects has been an online, automated database called the Lessons Learned Information System (LLIS).
LM Agile EVM Lessons Learned A presentation presented by Lockheed Martin on agile program planning and its relationship to earned value management (EVM).
A Project Managers Lessons Learned A collection of lessons learned on project management from Jerry Madden Associate Director at NASA.
Acquisition of Space Programs “Past Problems and Future Challenges” The analysis of the performance of selected DoD space programs in terms of cost growth, schedule delays, and on-orbit performance over the course of their program histories.
Root Cause Analyses of Nunn-McCurdy Breaches, Volume 1 Zumwalt-Class Destroyer, Joint Strike Fighter, Longbow Apache, and Wideband Global Satellite
Root Cause Analyses of Nunn-McCurdy Breaches, Volume 2 Excalibur Artillery Projectile and the Navy Enterprise Resource Planning Program, with an Approach to Analyzing Complexity and Risk
Management Perspectives Pertaining to Root Cause Analyses of Nunn-McCurdy Breaches, Volume 4 Program Manager Tenure, Oversight of Acquisition Category II Programs, and Framing Assumptions