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Project Closeout Best Practices

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As project managers, we tend to keep our eyes focused on the finish line. For us, it is all about on-time completion. Once the deliverables have been handed over to our project sponsor or client, we relax -- the project is over. But is it really?

Project closeout always presents challenges: from getting final approvals, to performing administrative and contract closure, to capturing lessons learned, and more. At the rapid pace of business today, efficient project closure is a must and may even give you a competitive edge. This 1-day workshop introduces project managers to the best practices for getting final signoffs and closing out projects. Project managers will come away with a structured closeout framework and some templates that can be used to complete an orderly project closeout.


Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Use a structured approach to get final sign-off and closong out a project
  • Describe the barriers to project closeout including both scope and lifecycle barriers
  • Describe how to overcome closeout activities including financial, administrative, and legal closure (and more!)
  • Use lessons learned to drive continuous improvement



This course is intended for beginner and intermediate project managers across all industries.


There is no prerequisite for this course.


Participants will receive a course workbook with copies of all presentation slides, case study materials, forms, and a closeout checklist.



  • Introduction and definitions


Start With The End In Mind

  • The Business Case
  • The Project Charter
  • Scope Definition and Management Plan
  • Quality Management Plan
  • Stakeholder Management Plan


Getting Final Approvals

  • Group Activity
  • Requesting Final Approval
  • Deliverable Acceptance Form


Scope Barriers

  • Business Value
  • Compliance With Scope
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Quality Issues
  • Punch List Template
  • Case Study: New House Construction Project


Lifecycle Barriers

  • Operational
  • Support Systems
  • Training and Documentation
  • Customer Satisfaction


Post-Approval Closure Activities

  • Accounting Closure
  • Settle Contracts


Contract Closure Activites

  • Project Financial Summary Template
  • Legal Closure


Administrative Closure Activities

  • Redeploy Resources
  • Financial Closure
  • Provide Feedback


Lessons Learned Closure Activities

  • After Action Review
  • The 5 Why's
  • Case Study: Arbor Industries
  • Case Study: Root Cause Analysis
  • Project Completion Template


Marketing Closure Activities

Project Lifestyle Closure Activities

  • Project closeout checklist


Wrap Up

course info

Course ID: 1601
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 1 day

upcoming sessions

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 6 0 1
PgMP 6 0 1
PfMP 0 0 1
PMI-ACP 6 0 1
PMI-SP 0 0 1
PMI-RMP 0 0 1
PMI-PBA 0 0 1

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 7 CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 1 RUs
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 7 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 7 Learning Credits