is the accumulated knowledge within a group (donor, donor agents, executing agency, team and stakeholders) concerned with any aspect of a project and its cycle. Project memory requires common access to this knowledge so that it is shared.
Accumulated project knowledge is built up as a useful source for explaining why a project has its current form and why the adopted activities take up their current forms in terms of technology and technique. Project memory requires the careful preservation of data but also good analytical skills are required to make effective use of this knowledge within the organization.
An understanding of the importance of project memory is that it is the foundation of the project structure which determines the training requirements and expectations of behaviour associated with various personnel roles. This is part of the implicit institutional knowledge. Access to this knowledge by all levels of a project group is essential for coherent operations.
A common occurrence during project implementatins is for key personnel to move to take up work in another activity or organization. Without newcomers or monitoring and evaluation personnel having access to this knowledge, their work and a project's progress and perfomance can be signifcantly undermined. This is particularly true in the case of projects based on small teams.
Project memory is that part of institutional memory that relates to a specific project