PJM380 MOD6 Peer discussion responses 200 words each

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According to Martinelli & Milosevich (2016), “the

project post mortem is a review of a project after the project closure

acceptance after all project closure activities are complete, and after

the project has been in operational mode for a period of time” (p.

366). The PM was tasked to perform a postmortem review on a software

project. The project involved the development and implementation of

portfolio management software to manage a portfolio of projects that

were implemented internationally. Unfortunately, the project failed.

Postmortem Review

The PM must ensure that a postmortem review is held for
every project, whether it is successful or not (Harned, 2019).
Postmortem reviews involve three steps. Martinelli & Milosevich
(2016) state that these steps include gathering feedback from project
and operational teams; organizing and facilitating a meeting between
teams and the key stakeholders; and capturing the meeting outcomes in a
postmortem report. The PM documented the steps taken to conduct a
postmortem review for the failed software project:

  • Jack, an engineer from an unrelated department, was assigned to
    gather feedback in preparation for the postmortem meeting. Jack sent out
    web-based surveys to gather the information.
  • Sam, an experienced facilitator, was assigned to conduct the
    postmortem meeting. He met with Jack, reviewed the information, and set
    up the meeting.
  • The project sponsor, PM, project team, and the facilitator met and discussed the feedback and how to improve future projects.
  • After the meeting, a postmortem report was created, made available
    to all interested parties, and added to the organization’s project
    archive (Martinelli & Milosevich, 2016).


Harned, B. (2019, March 25). Post-Mortem meeting template and tips:
TeamGantt. Retrieved from

Martinelli, R. J., & Milosevich, D. Z. (2016). Project management toolbox: Tools and techniques for the practicing project manager (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons


At the
end of a project life, it is in the best interest in the organization
to complete a postmortem review. According to Martinelli &
Milosevich (2016), a post mortem review assist to determine the success
of the project, effectiveness of the team, and lessons learned (p. 366).

However, not all projects end successfully. In some situations, an
organization might have to make the decision to end a project before it
has been completed. In order to better understand how the project was
not successful, data must be gathered with the assistance of project
stakeholders and document the findings (Williams, Eden, Ackermann,
Howick, Bergamini, Daley, & Gill, 2001). When this is completed, it
provides a learning opportunity to the organization.

An example of a failed project postmortem review could reveal:

  • There was a lack of communication between stakeholders on the state of the project.
  • The organization of the activities was not efficient.
  • Certain activities were assigned to the wrong departments
  • Staying within the boundaries of the scope was lost.
  • The features of the software did not totally meet the needs of the organization.

While this covers some aspects of a postmortem review, this should
not be the only time a project manager reviews the state of a project.
If a project manager is continually reviewing the state of the project
and gathering data for the effort during the closing process, this could
help to prevent project failure. When negative impacts are discovered
earlier, it will be easier for a project manager to implement corrective


Martinelli, R. J., & Milosevich, D. Z. (2016). Project management toolbox: Tools and techniques for the practicing project manager (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons

Williams, T., Eden, C., Ackermann, F., Howick, S., Bergamini, V.,
Daley, A., & Gill, K. (2001). The use of project post-mortems. Paper
presented at Project Management Institute Annual Seminars &
Symposium, Nashville, TN. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management