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How to Learn from Project Failure

What do you do when a project fails? Finger pointing within the organization is not the answer. Rehashing old details is not the answer. Assuming that working harder will prevent future mistakes is also not the answer. If a recently flopped project has left you wondering what to do next, the Leadership Freak blog gives 20 tips on what to do when you’re staring failure in the face.

Number one on the list is: let it sting. Don’t minimize your failure, but don’t overreact either. Other tips include picking at the scab. You’ve been wounded. Now, you’ve got to examine that wound before it can heal. However, realize when it’s time to put the project to bed. Also, believe improvement is possible and don’t identify failure with who you are.

Let’s face it: mistakes happen. Projects fail. But learning from the failures can be the difference between future success and failure. Stare failure in the face, and come out the winner. 

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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