Reaching the end of a project is a major accomplishment! All your hard work and effort have finally paid off, but there are still six more steps before you can reach that final party (don’t worry, celebrating is the seventh) . ProjectManager.com gives us a list of tasks in order to close the project completely and achieve that final feeling of accomplishment.
- Check Your Exit Criteria: Are you really meeting all the standards that were originally set?
- Do a Hand Over: This involves more than giving someone the final product. Make sure they are adequately prepared to use it, so they won’t have to waste their time (or yours) coming back to ask questions later.
- Release Unused Budget: There may not be any money left; but if there is, make sure the finance team knows.
- Gather Lessons Learned: Have a team meeting to discuss what went well and what didn’t. Make sure everyone has access to these notes for later.
- Archive Your Documentation: If you have a similar project later, you want to be able to come back to this one for ideas, instead of completely rewriting.
- Disband the Team: Now you can finally release everyone to go do other projects.
- Celebrate! Don’t be afraid to throw a party. You and your team deserve a little rest and motivation before completing your next project successfully.