PJM330 MOD8 discussion post Peer Responses 200 words

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Please reply to both post 1 and post 2 in at least 200 words each. (These are peer responses)


  • Chapters 5, 6, & 9 in Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling
  • Part 1: Chapters 9, 10, & 13 in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)



Discussion Module 8

According to (Kerzner & D., n.d.) we can learn a lesson from
every project we encounter. Some do not want to document mistakes
because they will have to own up to them therefore everyone keeps making
the same mistake. By learning from our mistakes helps us to better
capture what our organizations best practices are. (Kerzner & D.,
n.d.) Some companies do this at the end of the project, but this can be
done throughout the life of the project.

Below is a lesson learned report as it pertains to what I learned in this course.



Top Successes:

Reading everything assigned and designated on the simulation.

Top failures:

Adding too much to the budget in the simulation.

As it pertains to the writing assignments, adding the APA formats appropriately.

Lessons Learned:

Do not over budget.

Adding APA formats appropriately

Strategies for Addressing Failures Other Areas needing Improvement

Go back and re-read and study chapters pertaining to Earned Value,
Actual Costs and Planned Value. This will allow me to better
understand the value of how to budget the projects.

Take the time to review your formats before turning in your assignment.

  • Amy


Kerzner, H., & D., Ph. (n.d.). Project Management: A Systems
Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling. Retrieved from


PJM 330: Effective Project Scheduling and Control

MaryBeth Dunlap

Discussion Board – Module 8

November 25, 2019

According to Kerzner (2017), organizations can and should learn
lessons from every project. However, many organizations and their
employees are reluctant to document the mistakes and missteps that occur
in projects. Instead, organizations want to emphasize their successes
and breakthroughs. These organizations are missing out on the chance to
learn from their mistakes (Kerzner, 2017).

The following is my lesson learned report:

Top Successes

  • Viewed all simulation scenes
  • Correctly answered 39 out of 40 questions/decisions
  • Read all documentation and emails
  • Launched the project on 1 July
  • Minimized budget approval requests

Top Failures

  • Incorrectly answered the Vendor Contract Type question in lesson four

-correct: Time & Materials (PMBOK 12.1.1)

–Time & Materials: “hybrid contracts with aspects of both cost-reimbursable and fixed-price contracts (p. 472 PMBOK)

-my choice: Fixed Price

–Fixed Price: set prices and required materials; contract requirements

Strategies for Addressing Failures

  • Vendor contracts – research PMBOK vs go with initial instinct

Other Areas that Need Improvement

  • % of Budget Used: My total planned budget was $515,278, exceeding
    the given $500,000 budget. I had to request a budget approval. I, due
    to my inexperience as a PM, incorrectly asked for $520,000 instead of
    $515,000. In lesson 6, I was on track to use approximately 94% of my
    approved budget. However, due to a technical glitch in the simulation, I
    had to reset my baseline. To do so, I had to reconfigure my reserves
    to reduce my total planned budget. At the end of the simulation, I had
    used the 98% of my total budget and earned a perfect score in the % of
    Budget Used area.


Kerzner, H. (2017). Project Management: A systems approach to planning, scheduling, and controlling (12th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley

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