chapter  7
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Closing and evaluation: action, reaction, reflection, action

Sooner or later all projects come to an end. For some projects closure comes in an atmosphere of celebration and achievement. For others closure takes place prematurely in an atmosphere of high drama, anger and blame. Projects can even drift along aimlessly until they are quietly killed off behind the scenes when no one is looking. Sometimes projects that have been applauded on completion are found to be wanting when evaluated later. Conversely, projects that appeared to be not so successful on completion can prove their worth at a much later stage. For projects that are trialling a new process or system of work there is always the question of sustainability-will it continue when the project is finally over and there is no project manager in the driving seat?