Close a project or programme

The purpose of this competency is to achieve the goals of the closure process, i.e. to:

  • close a project or programme that has delivered all its outputs;
  • close a project or programme that is no longer justifiable.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. prepare for the closure of the project or programme
  2. hand over products to the appropriate stakeholders
  3. review the conduct and performance of the project or programme
  4. demobilise the organisation and infrastructure
  5. assure the quality of the process

A project or programme is often closed when all the specified outputs have been produced.

That does not necessarily mean that the business case has been achieved so this competency covers not only the handover of products but also of responsibility for whatever comes after the project or programme has been closed.

The competency should therefore be tailored to reflect whether the project or programme team is responsible for planning follow-on work and handing over responsibility for implementing these plans.

Knowledge and understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the goals of the process
  2. the typical activities that make up the process
  3. the context of the work and its impact on the process
  4. how to successfully hand over products
  5. how to document  and hand over follow-on actions
  6. how assurance applies to the process



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