It is well known that the majority of projects fail, but I have found on my projects that getting them off to a good start increases the chance of them being a success. To make sure your project starts well, there are some small things to do before the project kickoff meeting. In this article, I will show you what I do as soon as I am assigned as the project manager. If you do this, I guarantee that your projects will get off to a great start.
It is 9 a.m., and you have arrived at the office. As you are about to sit at your desk, you notice a Post-It Note stuck to your computer. Upon closer inspection, you see that it is from your boss; you have a new project for one of the company bosses. Great, you think, on top of everything else. And a Post-It Note is all you have to start the project!
(This is not the best way to find out that you have a project, but unfortunately, this is based on a true story.)
So what can you do to get this poorly started project moving in the right direction? There are five steps to take before the project kick off meeting that will get your project off to a great start.
This is a guest post that I was asked to write for Workfront. You can read about the five steps by following this link to their blog. https://resources.workfront.com/project-management-blog/5-pre-kickoff-steps-to-start-your-project-right