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July 7, 2010, Sponsored by RMC Project Management, Inc.

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There's still plenty to do after a project is over. Yes, there's the lessons learned and retrospectives, but there's also hand-offs and long-term maintenance. Not to mention figuring out which project to take on next, and how. Send your team off with a fond farewell and robust thanks -- but not before all the work is done.

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Transitions and Retrospectives by Geof Lory

Geof Lory The end of a project is a point of transition for the team. The work is over, the budget spent, and typically the team disbands. I feel it is important to mark this change with two events: a retrospective and a celebration. The first is primarily a mental reflection exercise, while the second is an important emotional tagging of the transition itself -- two different purposes that are inextricably linked.

Transition points are important to acknowledge with a sacred marker. In many cultures and religions, generational rituals acknowledge movement from one life stage to another: births, first communions, bar/bat mitzvahs, marriage, etc. These celebrations, both spiritual and social, are designed to emotionally transition individuals from one state or condition to the next. Ceremonies bring structured witness to major life events. Without ceremony or celebration, there is no formal acknowledgment of what was, what is, and what might be.

Geof shares the lessons learned from one of the biggest projects of his life »

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