The Project Breakfast Table

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Last week I reflected on the importance of the Project Dinner Table.  This is the need to evaluate a project and conduct lessons learned exercises to appropriately close out a project.  This week, as I was having breakfast with my kids, I realized that before you can gather around the dinner table you must first energize and plan for the day around the breakfast table.  Just as you plan for a day you must also plan for a project.

At the breakfast table our family communicates what needs to be done that day, who needs to do it, and when and where the activity will occur.  When kicking off a project, the scope of work must first be identified.  What is the objective of the project?  What are the deliverables?  What tasks and resources are needed to complete the deliverables?  What’s the schedule and budget you’re working with?

This project breakfast table is your best opportunity to energize the project team, formulate a common purpose, and establish leadership.  Once the project has been defined and presented you’ll want to identify a schedule and set team expectations.  Discuss key success factors, communicate quality standards, establish a communication plan, and emphasize teamwork.  Ensure that you solicit feedback, schedule risk and quality planning, and close out the meeting.

Breakfast not only fuels our minds but also offers the opportunity to align as a family.  Just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the Project Breakfast Table is essential to project success.  How do you  successfully kick off a project?


Marilyn Cox

Marilyn Cox is the Director of Marketing for Second City Works - the B2B division of the famed Second City.

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