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Project Management for Dummies, 2nd UK Edition by Nick Graham

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Chapter 16

Bringing Your Project to Closure

In This Chapter

arrow Planning for a successful project termination

arrow Dealing with early closure of the project – a ‘crash stop’

arrow Helping your team members move on to new work

arrow Evaluating your project’s successes and failures

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 intense demands pulling you to your next assignment, you may need to show some determination in order to finish the project properly and thank all the people who made it possible.

Unfortunately, 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.

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