Project Management Institute

Beginning of the end

For project managers, letting go of a long-term project is quite a challenging proposition. A range of emotions can besiege the already busy practitioner as he or she drives the project toward completion and transfers it into operations. Given that a range of emotions is inevitable, there is considerable merit in preparing adequately for the final transition. This article discusses how project practitioners can manage the emotions of a project's close. In doing so, it cites six reasons why the handover and closing out of a project are often the most poorly completed phases. Then it examines emotional preparedness and discusses the importance of having the end in sight throughout the life cycle. The article also discusses how attitude allows project managers to continue review sessions and examines the steps in the final months of a recently completed project. The article concludes by detailing how the consistency of expectation management during project meetings creates a path for change.
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