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Project Management: The Closing Phase

Improve your project management skills and close your project with proven project management methodologies and processes
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4,240 students enrolled
Created by Jeb Riordan
Last updated 8/2015
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How to Become a Successful and Practical Project Manager Part 3 the Closing Phase is designed for aspiring project managers, project team members and technical team members wanting to get more involved in managing the closing phase of a project.

This project management training course is a follow-on course from How to Become a Successful and Practical Project Manager: Part 1 and Part 2 and is structured around the premise that:

  • All projects have a beginning, a middle and an end, and
  • That all successful projects follow a standardised project management methodology.

Enhance your career prospects, build on your project management skills and prove that you can deliver the product of your project on time and in budget by completing the closing activities completely, comprehensively and to the total satisfaction of your Sponsor

Become a successful and practical project manager by introducing my Practical Project Management Methodology today so that you can plan, implement and bring all your projects to a successful conclusion

In this project management training course you will learn:

  • My Practical Project Management Methodology
  • Contract administration
  • Contract closing
  • Administrative closure of a project
  • Lessons Learned
  • Final Report

The course consists of:

  • Video presentations
  • Downloadable document templates and checklists
  • Me - students can ask and comment on questions in the discussion area and I will be available to advise on any aspects of the execution phase of a project

See you on the inside…

Jeb Riordan, PMP

Who is the target audience?
  • This training program will be beneficial to all project team members, project sponsors and stakeholders. Giving them a thorough understanding of the fundamental methods and processes that all projects need
  • Project team members wanting to get more more involved in the management of their projects and wanting to know how best to support their project manager
  • Aspiring project managers wanting to enhance their career prospects by practicing solid repeatable project management processes
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What Will I Learn?
Complete the closing phase of a project making sure the project comes to a successful conclusion using solid repeatable methods and processes
Administrative closure of contracts and agreements in a professional and formal way
Document the Lessons Learned along the way making sure successes as well as failures are recorded and published
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  • My previous courses covering the planning and the execution phases of a project
  • Previous experience working in a project environment would be advantageous, but not necessary as I will take you through all the processes used during the closing phase of a project
Curriculum For This Course
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How to Become a Successful Project Manager: Part 3 the End Project Closing
2 Lectures 11:19

My mission is to 'Simplify the Complexity of Modern Project Management'.

This training program will provide you with all the skill, knowledge and tools to enable you to complete any size project on time, in budget and to the delight of your customer without the noise and complexity of modern project management

1.1 Welcome to the Course

In this lecture we discuss the three layers of our project management methodology, Governance, Project and Production.

We then determine the points in the project life cycle when mandatory milestone reviews and decision gate meetings are held

1.2 Project Management Methodology, Milestone Reviews and Decision Gates
Project Closing: It’s Important and Needs to be Completed Formally
7 Lectures 21:46

In this section we discuss a little contract administration before we dive in to closing contracts with our suppliers as well as our customer.

We then discus the administrative closure of the project including documenting the lessons we learned and passing through the final decision gate with an approved final report

2.0 Section 2 Introduction: Closing Projects is a Formal Affair

In this lecture we discuss the processes involved in administering contracts and agreements during project execution so that the contract closing activities progress smoothly without confusion or conflict

2.1 Contract Administration: Making Sure All Parties Comply with the Agreements

In this lecture we discuss the processes around closing contracts at the end of the project

2.2 Closing Contracts: A Formal Process Made Painless by Careful Preparation

In this lecture we discuss the activities need to be completed to close our project in an orderly and controlled way

2.3 Closing the Project: Bringing a Formal and Orderly End to Project Activities

In this lecture we discuss the very important activity of identifying, analysing and communicating the lessons we learn as we work our way through our project

2.4 Lessons Learned: Don’t Leave it to the Last Minute

In this lecture we discuss the project Final Report. The discussion document the Project Manager takes to the final decision gate meeting where the decision is made by the Steering Team to formally close the books on the project

2.5 Final Report: Approval by the Sponsor Signals the Closing of the Project

We summarise what we've learned in this three part training program, based on the premise that every project has a beginning, a middle and an end; my Practical Project Management Methodology and striving to simplify the complexity of modern project management

2.6 The End: We’ve Completed the Journey From Project Assignment to Final Report
Extras, Additions and Contingencies…
2 Lectures 03:31

In this lecture we discuss the characteristics of projects in the closing phase

3.1 Four Project Endings: The Theory

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About the Instructor
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PMP, Project Management Consultant

My name is Jeb Riordan and I've been a project manager for, well, too long.

Primarily in the telecommunications sector I have managed multi-million dollar projects in more than ten different countries, including, the UK, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cambodia and the Caribbean.

I am a past member of the UK based Association for Project Management (APM) and the USA based Project Management Institute (PMI).

Although no longer a member of any professional institution I have maintained my PMI Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) status because it includes an element of continuing professional development (and it looks good on my resume!)

Oh, I also gained the Advanced Project Management Certificate from the International Institute for Learning. That was a long haul; simulating the NASA moon landing project.

Over the years, I have observed many projects failing because the project manager is overwhelmed with the need to adopt the latest fad in managing projects and managing people; losing sight of the real project objectives - On time, below budget and delighted stakeholders.

My mission is to simplify the complexity of modern project management by encouraging project managers, team members and stakeholders to focus on well proven, repeatable, solid practical project management processes making even the most complex of projects easy to monitor, control and complete successfully.

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