The beauty of a 100 meter race is that everyone starts the race together. The race cannot be started without a clean start. Can the same be said of your projects? Does your project get off to a clean start?
Not according to people who come along on our project management training workshops.
They say that the start to their project is often haphazard and often poorly managed (if at all). What they do not say but is plain to see is that this poor start up is the cause of many issues that hit project later on. Comments received include:
• I was not even aware this was a project; I was asked to do some work and the next thing I knew I was in a 5 month long project. My boss was far from pleased
• We were like a car with an engine problems; turning over but not getting very far
• I was not clear why we were doing the project
• I was involved but not clear what my role involved
• I was not in favour of doing of doing this project – I queried whether this fitted our strategy and did not receive a response!
Some people have told us that they do have a planned and a structured start and the kick off meeting really helped in ensuring this took place.
Kick off meetings really help focus the minds of people and are vital to get that ‘clean start’. I wonder why there seem to be so few clean starts.
Is this your experience – why not let us all know and the impact this had on projects.