— Pre-evaluation in 10 steps

Ready to kick off your software project?

Did you know that 70% of software projects fail due to insufficient preparation?
We interviewed 89 companies and discovered the top 10 factors you need in place before starting your project to ensure its success.
Take a quick look at these 10 questions to see if you're ready to kick off your project!

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What is a Project Kickoff?

A project kickoff is the initial meeting that brings together the key stakeholders and team members involved in a new project. It serves as the launchpad for the entire endeavor, setting the stage for successful collaboration, clear communication, and effective project management.

How To Start A New Project with KickOff

1. Define the Project Scope and Objectives

2. Assemble the Project Team

3. Establish Communication Protocols

4. Create a Project Plan

5. Set Expectations

6. Document and Distribute

The key to a successful project kickoff is thorough planning, clear communication, and building a cohesive team that is aligned with the project goals. This will set the stage for smooth execution and effective collaboration throughout the project lifecycle.

Kickoff Online Tool from Axon

Our online tool guides you through a series of 10 questions that cover key aspects of project management. As you provide your responses, the tool analyzes the data and generates a personalized Kickoff Readiness Score.

A score of 80% or higher suggests you've laid a solid foundation and are well-positioned to hit the ground running. A lower score, on the other hand, highlights areas that require further attention before you can confidently move forward.

So you can unlock valuable insights into your project's preparedness for a successful launch.

Why is a Project Kickoff Important?

Alignment of Expectations: share understanding of the project's goals, scope, and success criteria to prevent misunderstandings and keep the project on track.

Roles and Responsibilities: ensure that everyone understands their roles, responsibilities, and contribution to the project's success.

Communication Plan: establish the communication channels, meeting cadence, and reporting mechanisms to promote transparency and accountability.

What to Expect During a Successful Project Kickoff

Ice Breakers: team members' introduction and creation of a welcoming atmosphere.

Project Overview: presentation of the project's objectives, scope, deliverables, and key milestones.

Q&A: open dialogue for team members to ask questions, and share concerns and ideas.

The Benefits of a Well-Executed Project Kickoff

Enhanced Project Momentum: set the tone for the project, energizing the team and laying the groundwork for efficient execution.

Proactive Risk Management: identify potential risks to develop effective mitigation strategies.

Reduced Delays and Rework: prevent costly delays and the need for rework with upfront alignment and clear expectations.

By investing in a comprehensive project kickoff, you can lay the foundation for a successful project and position your team for long-term success.


How to use the Axon Project Kickoff tool?

You need to answer a set of 10 questions designed to cover essential elements of project management. The tool analyzes the data and provides you with a personalized Kickoff Readiness Score.

What questions will be asked?

Questions span areas such as:
- Idea clarification.
- Scope definition.
- Team composition.
- Budget allocation.
- Other key project management aspects.

How the result is calculated?

The tool adds up the points for each answer based on question priority. The cumulative score is presented as a percentage. A score of 80% or higher indicates the project is well-positioned for a successful kickoff, while a lower score highlights areas that require more attention.

What are some common risks and dependencies that should be identified and discussed during the project kickoff phase?

- Resource constraints.
- Technical/integration challenges.
- Regulatory requirements.
- Interdependencies with other projects.
- Potential scope changes.

What are some effective techniques project managers can use to facilitate an engaging and productive kickoff meeting?

- Interactive activities.
- Visual aids and demos.
- Breakout discussions.
- Q&A sessions.