should be let go at different times, as the relevant parts of the project
complete. Also, any money you have not spent from your Project Budget
needs to be given back to your customer.
If you are never going to run a project again perhaps you can stop now.
However, if you think you might run projects in future, it is worth
reviewing this whole software development project – what did you do
really well, and what could have been done better? If you know what to
do better and what was done well, when you start to develop your next
piece of software you should do it even more successfully.
If the project was a success and your customer was happy with the soft-
ware you developed, it may be worth having a small celebration. You
deserve it, after all you have completed a project!
Introduction to completing your project
If you have followed steps 1 to 4 in this book, you should now have a
successfully running project. However, one of the things that really
differentiates the average project manager from the outstanding one
who is always in demand, is the way the manager ends a project. Success
in projects is not simply about producing deliverables, it is about
producing deliverables and giving them over to your customer in the
best way possible and making sure they can be used to meet the ‘why’
defined in your Project Definition.
The way you need to complete your project does vary considerably,
depending on the nature of the project and the deliverables. There are
many factors to consider when ending a project, most of which you will
be aware of simply through common sense. However, there are some
critical steps for some projects, which are regularly forgotten:
1. Test the deliverables. Do they work, and do they work as expected?
This does not apply to all deliverables. But deliverables like
computer software, a new telephone system, a new machine and so
on should be tested to ensure they work properly.
2. Help the customer to use the deliverables. Some deliverables need
to be explained to people, or implemented for them. On some
occasions people need to be trained in how to use the deliverable.
STEP 5: COMPLETE YOUR PROJECT
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