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TOPIC: Project Kick-off meeting

Project Kick-off meeting 3 years 11 months ago #15880

  • Lillian Li
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I come across this question, and not sure if the answer is correct or not.

You are leading a large and complex project. Due to the size and complexity of the project, you have decided that a project management team will perform most of the planning, and the remainder of the project team will be brought on when the initial planning is complete.

In this scenario, when is the best time to conduct the project kick-off meeting?

The answer is During project execution.

I checked the PMP Exam Prep 9th edition. The kick-off meeting is under planning process. So, why the answer is During project execution.

Project Kick-off meeting 3 years 11 months ago #15898

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Hi Lillian,

First we have to understand why we need to hold a kick off meeting:
It helps team members get to know each other.
It demonstrates the project manager’s authority and leadership skills.
It helps team members understand the project objectives.
It helps stakeholders understand milestones, risks, assumptions, and constraints.
It helps the project manager gain support from all stakeholders.
It provides all attendees with an opportunity to ask questions and get clarity.
It brings all stakeholders to the same platform.
(Source: Pmstudycircle)

For small project, since it is likely that the project team has already be fully assembled in the planning stage, therefore you can start the kick off meeting earlier. For large project, it is likely that you get your full team at the executing stage.
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