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  1. How To Run A SPOT Project Kickoff Meeting | Manager Tools

    This guidance describes how to run the first meeting you have with your team about a new project your team will be doing.

    A manager we know got assigned a project for he and his team a couple of years ago, and he asked us to critique his email that he was sending out to announce the project, both big picture and early assignments. We knew this manager, and knew his team were collocated with him. Why, we thought, would a manager send out a LOOOOOOONG email to his team with LOTS of details about a not unimportant project?

    He told us, well, that's just the way I've always done it.

    Well, there's a better way. It's MUCH more effective to have a brief meeting. It's called a SPOT meeting, and even though it's yet another meeting, it's totally worth it. Here's how to run one.


    —Huffduffed by jaywest

  2. How To Use A RACI Matrix | Manager Tools

    This guidance describes how to use a RACI [Responsible, Accountable, Consult, Inform] Matrix when determining project responsibilities.

    When you're starting a project, there are all kinds of people with fingers in the pie. There are people who want to be on the team. There are people who are affected by the work. There are people who aren't affected by the project but whose budget IS. There are people who don't want the project to succeed, but will only privately work against it. There are people who need to know stuff…but other people who WANT to know stuff.

    How do we help project managers - or how do WE as project managers - keep track of who's responsible for what? We use a responsibility matrix. The best one is called the RACI - pronounced Ray-See.


    —Huffduffed by jaywest