Best Ways to Close a Project

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Hello colleagues.

I've been working as a project leader for more than 2 years in the automotive industry (plastics, paint, laser etche, stamping and welding)and I have a personal question since I have not received any training nor coaching from my former and current bosses:

Whats the best way to close a project that is about to become mass production?:read:

Considering the following points:
-PPAPs are closed as interims(project transfer 2years to end of life)
-We've been running parts as if they were mass production.


Thanks a lot.
 
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There are likely dozens of schools of thought on this, and the specific industry may very well play a factor. In my mind, however, I like to think that once a project has been successfully transitioned to manufacturing - as determined by the manufacturing team - that is the best time to close a project. I realize for accounting purposes and other reasons, some companies prefer to close a project earlier than that, but if the manufacturing team who will live with the project is involved early and allowed to have input, then they can be the best at determining if all open issues are resolved using data from PFMEAs, pre-launch builds, safe launch plans, etc. It would be my opinion that a data-driven approach such as this might represent a best practice.
 

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.... since I have not received any training nor coaching from my former and current bosses .... Whats the best way to close a project that is about to become mass production?:read:
Yeah, it's challenges like this that drive us to become the leaders we want to work for.

As stated above, it depends .... I've worked with outfits that handed off responsibility to the manufacturing group and called it a day. Others can't quit until packaging and assembly instructions are completed. It all depends on how your outfit is structured and what is the criteria for handoff. In general, if the next team in line feels you still owe them deliverables, then you're not done yet.
 
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