In the book, Bare Bone Project Management: What you can’t not do, Bob Lewis explains the seven must-have elements for any project to have a chance of succeeding. Here are my takeaways on the topic discussed in the book.
- Take the time to conduct a launch meeting that makes it official that the project has started.
- If possible, do two launch meetings. One for everyone – the core team, extended team, sponsor and key stakeholders. The purpose is to improve the alignment of team members and stakeholders.
- The second launch meeting is for just the core and extended team. The purpose is to give team members their work assignments and discuss the tasks.
- Announce the frequency of the follow-up, periodic meetings. This usually includes a weekly core-team meeting and a less-frequent (bi-weekly or monthly) full-team meeting.