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Don’t just celebrate after completing a project

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Wrapping up a project gives leaders and employees something to celebrate. Don’t, however, get lost in the excitement. Shortly after you complete a project, it is ideal that you sit down with your team to talk about the challenges you faced so that you can learn from your mistakes and improve your processes.

Gather team members to talk about these key factors:

  • Timeline. Was the timetable reasonable? Will the group need more or less time for future projects? Were most deadlines met? This is a good time to point out and discuss the parts of the process that seemed to get bogged down.
  • Communication. Were there enough opportunities for the group to meet as a whole? Did everyone feel well-informed throughout the project? How can you make communication more effective next time? If the client was involved throughout, did he or she feel kept in the loop?
  • Roles. Did you have the right people in place for each task? Was any person’s or department’s load too heavy? How can you streamline work in the future?
  • Results. Did the team achieve all its objectives? Discuss what exceeded your expectations and what fell short. This is agood time to determine what steps should eliminated, added or modified.

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