chapter  6
3 Pages

Closing Projects

ByDouglas Peyton Martin, Lauren Mix

Some project managers will do some incredibly silly things to get a project closed so they can stop losing sleep at night. Closing the project is about solidifying relationships, not getting invoices paid and freeing time on the schedule for the next project. The project manager has the big stick and can swing it a few more times to set everyone up for success. Resist the temptation to be curt with the executive sponsor during closing. Most people remember the end of the journey better than the beginning. Happy sponsors are a major addition to the network moving forward. For most organizations, admins rule the corporate structure. Admins are continuously engaged with their assigned executive. They have the most facetime and influence on the opinions of their executive. They control access to that executive’s calendar and many screen and prioritize emails.