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10 Steps to Successful Project Management by Lou Russell

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STEP NINE

Know When You're Done

OVERVIEW

Documents That Substantiate Completion

Process for Ending Well

Transfer of the Project

Celebration!

Ending a project—sometimes called “closing”—occurs when the project sponsors accept the project deliverables. Sometimes this can be quite formal, with a signoff, but often it's less dramatic.

The time to talk about finishing well is not at the end. If you've skipped earlier steps, it's unlikely that you'll finish well. Even if you've done everything well, it's still more difficult than you'd think to end a project. During the project, you're under tremendous pressure from sponsors to hit your due dates, but when the final due date has arrived, some sponsors don't want the project to end. Suddenly they ...

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