Seems like I am often unhappy with how much time I am able to spend on project or project phase closure work. In theory, it all sounds so straightforward to tie a nice bow around a completed project and its end result. In practice, it is a crazy time where my team members are departing for greener pastures and I am trying to get everything done before I move on to my next effort. The end of project phases is a bit less hectic, but it can involve re-planning, new resource acquisition and any number of “phase transition” challenges that make it difficult to move to the next chunk of project work.
Here is a checklist I have developed to help me with the end of a project or project phase. I use it as guidance for the minimum set of activities required when closing a project or a specific project phase.
Hopefully this gives you a good starting point for ending a project or transition from one project phase to another. Let me know if you have any good items to add to my basic list!