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5 Ways to End Projects Well

5 Ways to End Projects Well
By Kathleen Welton

There is an end to everything, to good things as well. – Geoffrey Chaucer, English poet

Projects do indeed end and the key is to have them end well. After all, according to the Project Management Institute, “A project is temporary in that it has a defined beginning and end in time, and therefore defined scope and resources.”

So how can you plan for your project to end well vs. well…just end?

Here are some steps to take and questions to ask for a smooth takeoff and landing:

  • Step 1: What’s done is “done.”

    Set the parameters for the how the project will be measured as “done” at the beginning. Envision what the finished product looks like. Complete the project in a step-by-step fashion and gain agreement and acceptance on each step. This will help ensure that all parties are progressing against the plan in a positive fashion.

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Mastering the Art of Timeboxing

Mastering the Art of Timeboxing
By Kathleen Welton

Do first things first, and second things not at all. – Peter Drucker

Over the years, I have been a big believer in goal planning, to do lists, and action items. I am still hooked on the paper and pen method of writing down my tasks for the day and week ahead. My planning system is simple–I have a master list of goals, put the tasks in Outlook, update the tasks at the end of each week, and then schedule them for the next week in my planner.

But this system did not solve the problem of scheduling too many tasks each day or spending too much time on any one task. Or sacrificing personal time due to work time. Welcome to “timeboxing.” I first encountered this term and technique about a year ago when I was studying to become a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner. Read the Complete Article

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