Project Management (Part 8) - Bringing Your Project to Closure
In Project Management (Part 8) - Bringing Your Project to Closure, you'll learn ...
- When and how to start planning for your project’s closure
- How to refocus team members who may have lost interest and enthusiasm as the project winds down
- How to help your team members make a smooth transition to their next assignments
- How to plan and execute a successful post-project evaluation (lessons learned) meeting
Over the past 25 to 30 years the number of projects in the workplace has skyrocketed. Projects of all types and sizes are now the way that organizations accomplish their work. People who want to devote their careers to planning and managing those projects are vital to their successes.
At the same time, a new breed of project manager has emerged. This new breed may not have set career goals to become project managers, but they do know they must successfully manage projects to move ahead in their careers. Clearly, project management has become a critical skill, not a career choice.
Even though these people realize they need special tools, techniques, and knowledge to handle their new types of assignments, they may not be able or willing to devote large amounts of time to acquiring them, which is where this Project Management course series comes into play.
This course is Part 8 of a 9-part series based on the popular book Project Management for Dummies, 4th Edition, which provides tools and techniques in accordance with PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Each course in the series is stand-alone. Feel free to jump back and forth through the courses depending on your own project-management knowledge and experience and your current needs. However, it is suggested that you complete the series in sequential order if you are new to project management concepts.
This course, Part 8 of the series, will show you how to successfully close out your project. You’ll learn how to start planning for close-out activities from the start of the project. You’ll find tips on helping your team members to transition from project work to their new assignments. And you’ll learn all the elements you need to run a successful post-project lessons learned session, including how to plan it, who to invite, what topics to discuss, and how to use the results to benefit future projects.
This course is applicable to engineers of all disciplines working in any industry. Whether you are an experienced project manager or you’ve never been on a project team… Whether you’ve had significant project-management training or you’ve had none… this course series will provide the knowledge and tools you’ll need to plan and manage projects.
The courses in this series were written to be direct and (relatively) easy to understand. But don’t be misled — the simple text still navigates all the critical tools and techniques you’ll need to support your project planning, scheduling, budgeting, organizing, and controlling.
For those seeking Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, the tools and techniques provided in this course series are in accordance with PMBOK. In fact, a section is provided at the end of each course module that specifies where the topics in the module are addressed in PMBOK.
It’s important to note that PMBOK identifies what best practices are but doesn’t address in detail how to perform them or deal with difficulties you may encounter as you try to perform them. In contrast, this course series focuses heavily on how to perform the project-management techniques and processes. However, if you’re preparing to take the PMP examination, use these courses as a companion to PMBOK, not as a substitute for it.
From Project Management For Dummies ®, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey . Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Planning for a successful project completion
- Addressing any remaining administrative issues
- Helping your team transition to the end of your project
- Evaluating your project’s successes and failures with the post-project evaluation
Certificate of Completion
You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.
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