Quick Start: Kicking Off a New Team or Project
Starting a new project or forming a new team is the perfect time to step back and look at how work is accomplished within your organization. Forget trust falls—ask the following questions to help focus on the real work at hand:
- How do I establish trust? You can have the best-laid plans and the highest-tech tools, but without a basic level of trust and communication between team members, work won't get done. Build real connections with your colleagues, and bring underlying tensions into the open so you can move forward together.
- Do we have the right people in the right roles? Asses the team's skills and interests, and how they align with the needs of the project. Remember, teams should be dynamic—one project's dream team might be another's disaster.
- How do we eat an elephant? A big goal can be inspiring but also intimidating, so make sure you break it down into manageable steps.
- Does the kickoff set the right tone for the rest of the project? Once you have all the players in place, dedicate time to thinking about the kickoff itself. It may be the first time everyone is in the room together, so model the behavior you want to see.
- How to Quickly Foster Empathy within a New Team: Get to know your coworkers as individuals and help build camaraderie with this icebreaker.
- Define Roles and Responsibilities to Encourage Delegation: Use a Trello board to track what everyone on the team is doing.
- Break Down Goals into 2 Day, 2 Week, and 2 Month Milestones: Break down a big project into smaller tasks to make progress.
- The Best Teams at Google Are the Most Empathetic: A few questions to determine if your team feels psychologically safe.
- How Speek Develops a Kick-Off Meeting Agenda: Seven questions to help you plan an agenda when starting a new project.
- How Polidea Prepares for Kick-Off Meetings: A guide to seting up a workshop to kick off a new project.
- How UXPin's Kick off Meetings Manage Expectations (and Deadlines): A step-by-step guide to setting up a project kickoff, including templates.