Your project kicked off well thanks to a great launch meeting. Can your team keep up that momentum? That depends on how you're handling your project resolutions a few weeks later. Kent McDonald has six tips for a successful project launch. Plus, Alan Zucker has four suggestions for taming a runaway meeting that has taken on a life of its own.
Six Tips for a Successful Project Launch
by Kent McDonald
Project launches have a tendency to resemble New Year's resolutions, but they don't have to. Project launches seem like they go very well, but that success does not carry over to the project as a whole. Here are six things you can do during and after the project launch to improve the chances of project success. After all, project success is the only real indication of a successful project launch.
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Controlling the Runaway Meeting
by Alan Zucker
It is a common phenomenon. Something happens, usually something bad. Daily meetings are organized. Anyone connected with the event is thereâfrom senior executives to junior staff. There is incredible focus. Then, the triggering issue is resolved. But the meetings continue.
An hour-long daily meeting with 20 participants can easily cost $15,000 per week. The indirect costs of lost productive capacity and diverted attention are harder to measure.
Are you holding meetings you no longer need? 4 recommendations (plus a bonus!) to stop a runaway meeting »
6 Tools to Keep Your Project Healthy
Identify and Validate Your Assumptions - Documenting Assumptions and Constraints – SPECIAL
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Identify, monitor, and manage your project's key assumptions and constraints with this detailed guideline and simple template.
Identify and Monitor Your Risks - Project Risk Checklist – MEMBER
Prompt your team to consider common risks across a wide variety of categories, to reduce the odds of missing one of those dreaded "unknown-unknowns."
Identify and Record Your Decisions - Recording Key Project Decisions – PREMIUM
This file provides several formats for recording key decisions in various contexts, plus tips for using maintaining this critical piece of project history.
Identify and Measure Your Results - Benefits Realization Plan – PREMIUM
Don't settle for a vague sense that the project was a good thing. Use this plan to document the expected benefits of the project, detail how they will be measured, and capture those measurements.
Identify and Keep Your Working Agreements - A User's Guide to Working with Me – MEMBER
Do you know what makes your team tick? Could they say the same? This quick chart helps team members communicate their most effective modes of work, including hot buttons, trust-builders, the best ways to raise and resolve conflicts, and more.
Identify and Adjust Your Plans - Project Flexibility Matrix – MEMBER
This simple but effective tool helps guide trade-off discussions on Scope, Resources and Schedule (or any other factors you care to add.)
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