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Completing the project
This unit will examine the particular issues that arise in bringing a project to a...
This unit will examine the particular issues that arise in bringing a project to a close, and ways of evaluating a project on its completion. The key components of project closure will be identified and discussed and their importance in ensuring that the aims and objectives of a project have been successfully attained will be explored. After studying this unit, you will be able to plan an effective project closure.
At the end of this unit you should be able to:
- explain the key components of project closure and their importance;
- plan an effective project closure;
- ensure that the project activities have been completed;
- be alert to problems that may need to be resolved at the closure stage;
- contribute to evaluating a project;
- plan personal development to improve your performance in managing projects.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Handover and delivery
- 2 Completing the project
- 3 Evaluating at different stages of the project
- 3.1 Evaluation while developing the vision
- 3.2 Evaluation during the planning stage
- 3.3 Evaluation during implementation of a project
- 3.4 Evaluation at the end of a project
- 3.5 Designing a formal evaluation
- 3.6 Collecting and interpreting data
- 3.7 Analysing and reporting the results
- 3.8 Following up the report
- 4 Self-development from a project
- 5 Summary
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Completing the project
In this unit, we explore some aspects of bringing a complex project to completion. There are a number of things to consider in the final stages of a project. It is very important to ensure that the goals of the project have been achieved, and that all the outcomes and deliverables have been handed over to the sponsor (or that any discrepancies have been addressed). Handover can involve different types of presentation for different types of outcome. There may be a physical object to handover, but other outcomes might include, for example, training to enable staff to use new technology or processes. The way the outcomes are delivered will also vary according to the type of project. In any case, there will need to be agreed processes for resolving any difficulties encountered at the point at which control and responsibility are handed over to the owners of the project.
Completion of a project is often followed by an evaluation (although evaluations can also take place during the life of a project).
We shall consider how different types of evaluation can contribute to managing a project. Evaluation can be expensive, but there are a number of ways in which it can be focused and planned so as to avoid unnecessary expense. Evaluation enables us to learn from studying what has happened, and we conclude this unit by looking at ways in which you can plan for personal development so as better to manage future projects.
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Originally published: Monday, 11th July 2011
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