Even the best-planned projects often end up in a painful endgame. This in-the-trenches look at the late stages of a project discusses some of the breakdowns and crises that occur and offers some tips, tools, and advice on how to deal with them.
What this is
One experienced project manager's practical, issue-focused strategies for avoiding the frustrations that often lurk for the unwary in the final stages of a project. In a detailed, solution-oriented format, he recommends specific tools and techniques for avoiding the deadly "just skip to the end" trap.
Why it's useful
As a project enters the endgame period, it comes under increasing pressure to abandon process and break for the finish line. This pressure to cut process short is not limited to organizations with a weak development process. Even industries involved in heavily regulated development of safety-critical systems are subject to the same endgame stresses. By laying the groundwork for a good endgame early and actively managing issues and the inevitable minutia, project leaders can avoid -- or at least resist -- the pressure to compromise the project's schedule, goals, and quality in order to get it all over with.
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