In this chapter
• Learn how to properly bring closure to your project
• Use the Project End checklist to make sure your projects end in style
• Understand the common challenges to overcome when ending your project
• Review the different reasons a contract and project can end
As in most personal interactions, how we begin and end the process can make all the difference. The same can be said for projects. Continuing to use the personal interaction analogy, we know how initial impressions and the relationship we establish can make our "goodbye" extremely awkward, or very exciting for the promise of what is yet to come. In addition, there is nothing more frustrating in personal relationships than a lack of closure. Our goal, as a project manager, is to bring proper closure to our project for all parties involved and to make sure the last impression everyone has of your work is professional and positive.
In this chapter, we will review the key principles that drive successful project closures, the different ways a project can end, the challenges many organizations have in ending a project properly, and of course, the invaluable checklist for ending a project in style.
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What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.