With the system is successfully commissioned, it is time to close-out the project. Just as there should be a defined process to kick-off a project, there should be a define process to close a project. Consider developing a check list (just like project kick-off) that must be done.
First and foremost, your project close-out should include adequate steps to make sure all project information and materials have been properly stored for future reference. This should include procedures to incorporate any field changes made during the commissioning, so that the final project information accurately reflects the final deployed solution.
Alliance Partners will commonly require some sort of project review. At a minimum, it is a chance to review lessons learned and share them with the rest of the staff. More importantly, it is an opportunity to capture IP. What can be reused for future projects including software architecture, hardware designs, even methodologies and techniques? You should also have procedures to ensure that all project documentation is completed and properly stored.
Next week, we’ll cover the commercial aspects of project close-out.