1. Fast Learning Organization

The perfect example of successfully implementing best practices, lessons learned and a collaborative work environment. This organization possesses a higher probability of seamlessly enduring “re-orgs”, employee turnover, frequent new hires and management changes.

2. No Learning Organization

This costly business process has no structure. Similar projects continually take random amounts of time to execute due to a lack of collaboration, technology and/or clear direction.

3. Slow to Learn Organization

A team in this situation may be on the right track with establishing an improvement in process management, but lack the fundamental benefits of collaboration and implementing lessons learned. While trending in the right direction, planning costs are still too high in this scenario.

4. Application of New Technology

Another good picture of a well-functioning team exhibiting proper training and adoption of a new tool or technology. As long as the knowledge is adequately captured around this success, the team will continue to be work at an optimized level.

5. Loss of Key Personnel

While this curve shows improvement and stabilization around project planning and execution, the knowledge of a key individual was not properly captured. The various teams had to re-learn their planning processes and incur greater costs than initially set.

6. Forgetting Curve

With today’s technological environment, teams should not be put in this position of having to re-establish a successful project management plan. Even an existing database within the company’s servers storing performance data could have solved this problem.