17 May, 2022

Agony Angels: Project Kick-off Meeting with Adriana Girdler

How can I create a really good Project Kick-off Meeting? That’s the question Adriana Girdler and I tackle, as we don the wings of two Agony Angels.

Welcome to my guest, Adriana Girdler. At the start of the session, we pick a random number. That will point us to a question from my community about Project Management. We discuss it, and end up with some practical suggestions.

The full question is: 

‘My project manager has asked me to arrange the Kick-off meeting, and plan it all out. None of the ones I’ve been to have been much good. How can I make this one really good?’

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About Adriana Girdler

Adriana Girdler is one of Canada’s foremost business productivity specialists. Armed with a Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt and over 20 years of experience in productivity and process improvement methodologies she launched her company CornerStone Dynamics in 2008. Adriana has worked in various industries, leading companies to improve what they do, how they do it, and their bottom line.

She also holds both PMP (Project Management Professional) and CET (Certified Engineering Technologist) designations.

Adriana is an entrepreneur, professional speaker, workshop leader, and TEDx speaker, and has her own YouTube channel. She has appeared on television and radio.

Adriana is passionate about improvement and efficiency, in both people and organizations.

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What we Discussed

  • 00:00 – Agony Angels with Adriana Girdler
  • 00:36 – How it works
  • 01:12 – The question for Adriana Girdler today: Project Kick-off meeting
  • 01:34 – Adriana Girdler’s first reactions
  • 03:23 – Project Kick-off meeting – first step
  • 05:18 – Project Kick-off meeting as a workshop
  • 06:35 – Project kick-offs build relationships
  • 07:31 – What are your tips for making the kick-off meeting go well on the day?
  • 08:50 – Facilitation Skills for Project Managers
  • 12:12 – How to close your Project Kick-off meeting
  • 15:03 – Review of Adriana Girdler’s answer
  • 15:43 – Getting in touch with Adriana Girdler

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And, for a full article on a Project Kick-off Meeting, read:

Project Kick-off Meeting: How to Make Your Next One a Huge Success

What Kit does a Project Manager Need?

I asked Project Managers in a couple of forums what material things you need to have, to do your job as a Project Manager. They responded magnificently. I compiled their answers into a Kit list. I added my own. 

Check out the Kit a Project Manager needs

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Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.
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