Administrative Closeout – Project Closure (#3 in the series How to Close Out a Project)
By Michael D. Taylor
This series discloses important aspects of closing out a project by describing the following aspects:
- Scope Verification
- Contract Closeout
- Administrative Closeout
- Lessons Learned
- Historical Records
- Celebrating Success
- Final Report
At this point all personnel loaned to the project will return to their respective functional groups. If personnel performances have not been evaluated prior to this point, then this is the logical place to complete them. Functional managers will be given an appraisal by the project manager of their loaned skilled individuals so they can administer a formal review of their project support.
Intellectual property (IP) must also be addressed no later than this stage of the project. Protection of IP should begin as early as possible on the project and completed during the project closeout.
MICHAEL D. TAYLOR, M.S. in systems management, B.S. in electrical engineering, has more than 30 years of project, outsourcing, and engineering experience. He is principal of Systems Management Services, and has conducted project management training at the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension in their PPM Certificate program for over 13 years, and at companies such as Sun Microsystems, GTE, Siemens, TRW, Loral, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Inprise. He also taught courses in the UCSC Extension Leadership and Management Program (LAMP), and was a guest speaker at the 2001 Santa Cruz Technology Symposium. His website is www.projectmgt.com.