Using A “One Dayer” to Generate Project Momentum



Lifehacker’s Eric Ravenscraft recently noted one way teams can build momentum for a project: using a “One-Dayer” meeting of critical resources. In light of our recent posts on pilot projects, I thought it would be useful to direct our readers to Eric’s brief post, to which I have linked below.

If I were organizing a one-dayer, I would follow these tips:

1. Make it a work day, during work hours. Too often, startups and nonprofits ask staff to stay late or come in on the weekends to have kick-off meetings. That’s counterproductive. You want people fresh, and you want them to know that the meeting is at least as important as their usual obligations.

2. Collect a critical mass. A one-dayer does not need to include all hands, but it needs a critical mass of your team. One reason to have a one-dayer is to ensure buy-in. Another is to generate ideas and discussion. Both are served by making sure critical stakeholders are around the table, as well as potentially divergent viewpoints.

3. Cover attendees’ work. As a corollary to #2, don’t just put off attendees’ work and force them to attend. If you are going to ask them to devote work time to the one-dayer, either schedule when there is a natural lull in participants’ work flow or arrange to have their work functions covered by nonparticipants.

Ravencraft’s article on Lifehacker is available here.

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