The final phase of any project should be a look back to determine whether the final results are in alignment with what was expected.

Whether the original plan was project-based, with a specific deliverable and fixed timeframe, or was the implementation of an outsourced financial support structure that will go on for a longer period of time, we always want to have a point where we can circle back and determine whether the goals were successfully attained, whether the desired outcomes were accomplished and if we need to make any new modifications moving forward.

Quite often, projects or implementations are done in a phased fashion. This is a way to minimize any disruption to the current environment, spread the cost over a longer period of time and provide check-points where new information is discovered that present opportunities that weren't originally anticipated. This phased approach parallels continuous process improvement, in that we are never complete in improving our businesses.