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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Canceling a Project

Canceling a project is one way to end a project. And it can be quite difficult for everyone involved. One developer was so enamored of a project that even after he was laid off from the company, he returned on his own time to complete the project! You might think he was a giving, helpful person—and you’d be right. But his continued work on the project, even for “free,” cost the company time in support of his “free” work.

If your company has canceled a project, then work to stop the project.[53] Here are some ways to make sure the work stops:

  1. First, explain to the people on the project why you’re canceling the project and what happens to them. They want to know what work they’ll be doing now.

  2. Appreciate each person for ...

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