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When does a project end?

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I think most project managers will think that this is a trivial question, so let me explain before you judge!

The references I have read are not consistent at defining when a project really ends: is it when all the deliverables are done? is it when the client signs on the project closeout document? is it when the project manager releases the resources?

So can someone explain to me when a project ends (at what point is it considered to be finished)?
asked 8 years ago by anonymous

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The project formally ends after the closing phase of the project.  This means all bill are paid, fuinds are collected, records are archived, deliverables are signed off, resources released, etc.  Modern software projects sometimes fail to go through this step and the PM follows the project into operations.  There the project, in reality, continues until everything is rollled out, bugs are fixed, application has proven useful, etc.
answered 8 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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