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Have you wondered how to make your small projects run as smoothly as possible—without building in so many steps that they get cumbersome? In this course, author and project manager Bonnie Biafore shows how a successful small project starts with planning: documenting goals, identifying risks, measuring success, and confirming decision makers. The course also covers organizing your files, estimating time and costs, building a solid team, scheduling work, and getting the project underway. In addition, you'll explore how to hand out and track assignments, communicate with the team, work through issues, and bring your project to a close. This course follows the relocation of a small business as the sample project, but the course's strategies apply to a wide variety of small projects, including those in marketing, business development, product development, software development, freelancing, and the like.
This course qualifies for 1.5 Category A professional development units (PDUs) through lynda.com, PMI Registered Education Provider #4101.
Completing project deliverables is a big milestone, but you still have some things to do before the project is truly finished. First, you need to get the customer to agree that the results are what they're supposed to be. This step is essential, because you will have more work to do if the customer sees things differently. If you're a freelancer or performing the project for another company, you won't get paid until the step this complete. Second, you meet with the team to talk about the lessons everyone learned during the project.
This session focuses on identifying what worked well and what didn't. The team can discuss ways that things could have been done better. This information can help future projects run more smoothly and deliver better results. Third, you write up a final report for your project. You will also archive the project documentation for future reference. So you can answer questions that might come up later or if a similar project arises. There maybe a few other things you have to do to wrap the project up.
If the project involved contracts with outside vendors or contractors, it's time to close them. If your project is part of a larger organization you might need to close out accounting codes. So no additional charges are made against the project. If some of your team members came from other groups, you can bid them adieu and wish them luck on their next assignment. The other movies in this chapter cover each of these important wrap up activities in more detail.
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