2.3 Closing the project
Closing a project can be quite an emotional experience for team members who have worked together for some time, particularly if close bonds have developed. The manager of a project has some obligations to staff who have worked for some time on it. Build into the plan a closure interview with each member of staff, so that their contribution can be formally recognised and recorded. Staff may need help to recognise the skills and experience that they have gained and how these have been evidenced in their contribution and achievements. They may welcome a signed record of their achievements, and some will need references to progress to their next jobs. Some staff will need to leave before the project is fully finished, and some will not have jobs to go to. The project is not finished until the closure has been managed and it is helpful if the person managing these final activities is not worried about his or her own future. Once again, planning well in advance can reduce the stress of the final stages.