Get It Done: Nailing the Project Management Closure Process

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What is project closure?

  • Initiating process group
  • Planning process group
  • Executing process group
  • Monitoring and controlling process group
  • Closing process group
  • All work has been completed according to the project plan and scope.
  • All project management processes have been executed.
  • You have received the final sign-off and approval from all parties.

Importance of closing a project

  • Repeating mistakes on future projects and objectives
  • Having final products or deliverables without dedicated support and resources
  • Failing to identify the team or individuals who will own and maintain the solution following the final delivery
  • Creating liability issues resulting from incomplete payments, contracts, or deliverables

7 steps to closing a project

1. Formally transfer all deliverables

2. Confirm project completion

3. Review all contracts and documentation

4. Release resources

5. Conduct a post-mortem

  • Did you stay on budget?
  • Did the team members involved manage their time wisely?
  • Were there issues with the quality or compromises along the way?
  • What went well?
  • What were the challenges or failures?
  • How well did the team communicate?
  • Did the team follow the outlined processes and plan?
  • Was the client satisfied with the results?
  • What would you change or improve for future projects?

6. Archive documentation

7. Celebrate

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