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Project Management Essentials For Dummies, Australian and New Zealand Edition by Nick Graham, Stanley E. Portny

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Chapter 12

Closing the Project

In This Chapter

arrow Planning for a successful project termination

arrow Evaluating your project’s successes and failures

arrow Gathering information to pass on

One characteristic that distinguishes a project from ‘business as usual’ work is its distinct end — the point at which all work is complete, the results are achieved (of course) and reviewed, and the project team disbanded. However, with your next assignment demanding attention, you may need to show determination in order to finish the project properly.

Not bringing your projects to full closure hurts both the organisation and the people who performed the work. When you don’t assess the extent to which your project achieved the desired outcomes, you can’t determine whether you conceived, planned and performed the project well. Furthermore, team members don’t have the chance to experience closure, achievement and a job well done.

This chapter shows you how to close your project successfully and help team members move on. In addition, this chapter helps you carry out a project evaluation, and pass on the good and bad things that happened in this project, to help future projects.

Most projects run their full course, ...

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