2015-2016 Programs Archive

More information on programs and events from the 2015-2016 academic year will be added as information and documentation is recovered.  

October 2015

Why do Project Kick Off Meetings Matter?

Presenter: Diane Kleinman - University Services Project Management Office

Program Description:
Have you ever been involved in a project where the kick off meeting fell victim to the delete key? The project kick off meeting is often referred to as the most important meeting held during a project. Not only is it the first time the entire project team gathered, it is a great opportunity for a project manager to gain commitment from the project team and set the stage for project success. 

  1. How have others on campus kicked off projects successfully? What kick off meetings have you been part of?
  2. What is the most important message that needs to be communicated in a project kick off meeting?
  3. What are the change management benefits of a project kick-off meeting?
  4. What elements would you include in a meeting that wasn’t included in this kick-off meeting presentation?

September 2015


Panel presentation and discussion format:

The Project Initiation Phase is the 1st phase in the Project Management Life Cycle. Here you start a project by defining its objectives, scope, purpose and deliverables. You'll also secure project resources and gain approval to move on to the next phase.  The PCMC is building a repository of resources corresponding to the Project Management Life Cycle. You can access the tools and templates related to Project Initiation here. 


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