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
Celebrating success brings healthy closure to the project and should involve everyone who participated on the project. When participants are located far from the central project team, accommodations should be made for them as well.
Some suggestions for celebrating project success are as follows:
- Gather outside of work environment. This lends to an informal, relaxed atmosphere, away from phone calls, e-mail, and general interruptions. Invite family members also.
Recognize outstanding performers. Both the project manager and the key stakeholders can recognize those individuals who made special, significant contributions to the success of the project. Recognitions should be very specific.
Express your appreciation to all project participants. Finally, the project manager should applaud all participants since project success comes from project members, and support personnel.
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.