Originally Posted by ChicagoRon
Here's another piece of advice I have trouble following myself. Don't skimp on project closure activities. There's a tendency to complete a project and move right on to the next one, but close activities are very valuable: 1> Measure budget against actuals - then review your initial assumptions and figure out where your estimates could have been better 2> Measure project results against the business case - (your clients will; you should have an answer if they question the results) 3> Document and review lessons learned - (mistakes are excusable, bad habits are not) 4> Scrub your deliverables, tag them, and file them. Share them with colleagues, along with any unique knowledge gained during the project.
5> If good results achieved, ask client if you can create a case study on either a named or unnamed basis. 6> Post client deliverables, ppts, RFPs, supporting documents, etc. on "Sharepoint" or other shared server drive. 7> If work is unique enough, create a white paper to share thought leadership. Use client as an example of the business benefits.