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From Lessons Identified to Lessons Learned

Welcome to 2014!  As the year closes, most of us take time to reflect back upon our past accomplishments and evaluate our achievements. Did we fulfill our resolutions? Can we do some things better/differently this year? With the New Year comes new opportunity and new promises!

Kick off the New Year with new learning.  This month we’ll feature discussion on how to get an entire organization to learn.  What does “organizational learning” mean?  How do we identify the lessons that people have learned and translate them into lessons for the organization?  How do we know when they’ve been learned?  To discuss these important topics, we feature leaders from our own community who will share their approach for capitalizing on lessons learned and moving from individual insights to organizational knowledge. Come by for a fun and informative session.


January 31, 2014

7:30 am – Light breakfast & networking

8:00am – Topic: From Lessons Identified to Lessons Learned

Ø  Understand how to convert individual learning into organizational learning.

Ø  Practical exercise using the basic LL methodology. 

Ø  Learn how to assess an organization’s situation, determine the applicable lessons, and recommend actions to institutionalize those lessons for the long run.

Ø  Discuss common roadblocks and how to overcome them.

Ø  Q&A along the way.

8:40 am – Small Group Discussions & Additional Practice


Paul McVinney and Tom Fuhrmann

Paul McVinney

Paul McVinney is Deputy Director of U.S. Air Force Lessons Learned.  He has led the development of the USAF lessons learned community since 2004, developing the lessons learned methodology and establishing USAF policy and training for lessons learned.

Tom Fuhrmann

Tom Fuhrmann is an USAF fighter pilot who worked in USAF lessons learned for six years, applying the LL methodology to uncover lessons in combat and command situations, and working with USAF staff offices to apply the lessons.  He and Paul recently established Knowledge Management Partners, LLC and plan to bring this methodology to corporate clients.

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  • Paul M.

    Thank you all for a great session! Thoughtful questions and full engagement in the exercise made it very rewarding for me and Tom. See you all at the next meeting. Paul

    1 · February 2, 2014

  • Tara M.

    Great session! Paul McVinney and Tom Fuhrmann of Knowledge Management Partners, LLC gave great presentation on Lessons Learned with a mini exercise. They covered a lot of good information, while still allowing time for an interactive LL exercise and discussion. We hope to invite Paul and Tom back for a follow on Knowledge Cafe in a few months!

    February 1, 2014

  • Barbara

    Great presentation! Inspired me to propose some changes in our existing lessons learned program.

    February 1, 2014

  • Victor J.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning!

    January 30, 2014

    • Barbara

      Victor, you can find out more about the Pause and Learn process @­. There should be a couple of links to papers and a brochure.

      January 31, 2014

  • Arno B.

    Sorry, can't make it. Am leading the organizing of a huge event a the World Bank which will include close to 300(!!) sessions. Many cool learning formats that all aim to make knowledge stick. Happy to share our experience after its done end of Feb...

    January 30, 2014

  • Mariel

    I can't attend tomorrow am due to morning logistics swap with hubby. Please post minutes, if you can!

    January 30, 2014

  • Paul M.

    The blog raises a couple of topics we'll speak to: Are lessons situation-dependent? What's the relationship between LL and process improvement? Our presentation will address both. Looking forward your comments and to our conversation!

    January 16, 2014

  • Gerard H.

    Alfresco (ECM) will host a free 1 day conference.
    I will attend since we use Alfresco for some of our clients.

    January 14, 2014

  • Barbara

    "Do lessons learned systems really work?" (blog post)

    This blog post brings up what I think is a very real issue. LL systems can work well for some types of issues and not others.

    January 13, 2014

    • Victor J.

      I agree, the blog post from David Griffiths at K-3 Cubed provides some great starting points for our discussion this month. Some points that each of us may want to think on before we meetup on Jan 31 could be: What conditions or what types of problems would a LL system be helpful for

      January 13, 2014

    • Victor J.

      (cont..) and what not? As David Griffiths mentions in his article, a LL system can be really helpful in linear processes where outputs can be reasonably predicted, but what about non-linear problems/environments...­.perhaps some of us can talk from our own experiences about non-linear problems where a LL system would have helped. What could it have been useful for? What would it not?.....I look forward to getting into this discussion with everyone in this month's meetup!.......[lesson learned from this blog post is <Enter> key = Submit Comment]

      January 13, 2014

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