If you're like us, you've got big plans for 2018 – and now is the time to make sure you're set up to nail them.
For those of you leading major projects this year, check out the project kick-off play. Not that project kick-offs are anything new... it's just that, too often, the hour is spent listening to information you could've read individually. (Boring!...)
By contrast, a good project kick-off unites the team under a shared vision and has you making decisions before you've even left the room. So we pulled together a handful of must-have activities for your agenda, and a few others to sprinkle in as needed.
And if your game-changing project is also a) ludicrously complex; and b) technical, don't miss the aptly-named ludicrously complex software projects play. Instead of step-by-step instructions, this play equips you with a set of principles and tactics to keep momentum high.
But first, assess whether your project team has the right stuff using the Team Health Monitor. (Remember: you don't have to report to the same manager to be a team!) It's a great way to identify any additional skills or structure you'll need to make the project a success.
Identify any additional skills or structure you'll need so you can take action and get back to the business of accomplishing your goals.
If the whole Health Monitor thing feels a bit nebulous and scary, take heart: we've partnered with online education powerhouse SkillShare to produce a 40-minute video tutorial. Watch it on your lunch break today, then schedule an hour with your team to put it into practice.
Set yourself up for a successful year, and give 2018 your all. It's going to be awesome.
-the Team Playbook team
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