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Project Kickoff Template

Align on expectations for your project.

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About the project kickoff template

Get the whole team on the same page from the beginning with this project kickoff activity. Team members can introduce themselves and get to know one another, as well as share a bit about their expectations, hopes and fears for the project.

5 key steps to kick off a successful project

1. Define the scope of the project.

The first step in kicking off a project is to define the scope of the project. This means deciding what the project will entail and what its goals are. Without a clear scope, it will be difficult to keep the project on track and ensure that it is successful.

2. Assemble the team and key players.

The next step is to assemble the team that will be working on the project. It is important to choose team members who have the skills and knowledge necessary to complete the project. Additionally, it is important to make sure that all team members are on the same page in terms of the project's goals and objectives.

3. Create a schedule.

Once the team is in place, the next step is to create a schedule for the project. This schedule should detail when each task needs to be completed and who is responsible for completing it. Having a schedule will help to ensure that the project stays on track and is completed in a timely manner.

4. Set up communication channels.

It is also important to set up communication channels between all members of the team. This will ensure that everyone is aware of what needs to be done and can provide input or ask questions as needed. Good communication is essential for any successful project.

5. Make a plan for risks and challenges.

No project is without risks and challenges, so it is important to have a plan in place for how these will be dealt with if they arise. By being prepared for potential problems, it will be easier to keep the project on track despite setbacks.

How to create a Project Kickoff Template

The MURAL project kickoff template comes with a pre-built agenda to help guide you through the process.

  • First, gather all the known information about the project (background information, key players, goals, success metrics, etc.)
  • Next, brainstorm your hopes and fears about the project with your team
  • Clearly define the project goals across these categories: Who, what, when/where, why
  • Define what success for your project looks like
  • Outline team core work capabilities and areas for potential learnings throughout the project
  • Think carefully about potential areas for disconnection and build collaboration agreements and guidelines so that your team can anticipate and resolve any workflow issues
  • Assess the risks for your project and brainstorm ways to mitigate those risks
  • Wrap up with clear action items for all team members

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