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  1. Very comprehensive and thorough article. A lot of great ideas for even the most in-depth kick off meetings. Well done Kevin.

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  2. It took me a minute to get the illustration… Good one! :)

    About the collaborative hands-on activities, *great* suggestion. We’re (probably) all adults here, but anyone who works with kids in group settings (or has them, I imagine) knows how great hands-on things can be in engaging individuals and building camaraderie. How outside-the-box _brilliant_, to tailor and apply those principles to the _grown-up_ world, for the sake of productivity.

    I’ve passed this article on to my team. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Fantastic article. Great tangible advice.

    I try to get as much worked through with ever stake holder before even quoting on a project however this isn’t always possible. The “pre - kick off meeting” is a fantastic solution. I’ve sent this to all my staff for a good read. We will definitely be implementing this.

    Nothing upsets me more than my time being wasted therefore I always keep my clients time in high regards.

    Thanks for the great article.

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  4. Does this not create the issue of “design by committie?

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  5. @sebgreen I think the key difference about the approaches Kevin has outlined and “design by committee” is that his include a knowledgeable facilitator to guide the project and let participants feed of off one another, while DbyC seems to result more from a lack of leadership and just getting a bunch of people talking, without necessarily engaging with one another in a thoughtful way.

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  6. Lovely post mate :) Meetings will surely be much more fun!

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  7. These hands-on activities remind me of the theatre games typically taught in improvisation classes. I wonder if some of the rules of improv would apply, such as:

    Say “Yes - and”
    Don’t block
    Be specific
    Commit
    Make choices
    Listen to your partner
    Give information to your partner
    etc.

    There are a lot of “improv rules” out there. I stole the above from David Alger http://bit.ly/9joctL

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  8. Good ideas on all accounts. Thanks!

    Since kickoff meetings sometimes last as long as that post (LOL), I suggest an ample supply of snacks and beverages.  Maintaining blood sugar levels can keep the meeting productive and fun. Learned that from teaching/parenting kindergarteners — its equally applicable for adults.


    ~ @jpatrickdesign

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  9. very thought-out article, i found this really interesting, thanks.

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  10. bq. Projects have their own cultures, just like organizations. The sooner you take an active role in building that culture to compliment the organizational one, the happier everyone will be.

    Compliment should be complement.

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  11. bq. Compliment should be complement.

    Thanks @bryanjbusch! All fixed.

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  12. Thanks. Really enjoyed the article, Kick Ass Kickoff Meetings. It provides very insightful ideas for involving stakeholders to ensure project success. In fact, it inspired my latest blog posting in which I cited Kevin Hoffman and the UIE reprint of this article, and his suggested pre-kickoff questions to ask stakeholder interviewees:
    Relationship Management Starts Here: Preparing for Client Kickoff Meetings

    http://robwolfemba.wordpress.com/2011/01/28/relationship-management-starts-here-preparing-for-client-kickoff-meetings/

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  13. I particularly appreciate the advice of not having the REAL kick-off meeting too early. Scoping out the landscape for everyone who might have a say or impact the project can save a lot of wasted time and energy.

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