Project Management

Party Time: How To Celebrate Your Project Success Virtually

Andy Jordan is President of Roffensian Consulting S.A., a Roatan, Honduras-based management consulting firm with a comprehensive project management practice. Andy always appreciates feedback and discussion on the issues raised in his articles and can be reached at [email protected] Andy's new book Risk Management for Project Driven Organizations is now available.

The shift to virtual working, while coming as a surprise to many, has been achieved more successfully than a lot of organizations and individuals expected. While it certainly started out as a necessary response to the start of the pandemic, I think it has been achieved with less disruption than anticipated. I even know of a lot of organizations that feel project delivery has actually improved with fully virtual teams. I think many project managers and team members agree.

But there are some aspects of project delivery that can’t be translated to the virtual world quite so easily, and one of those is the end-of-project celebration. Now, I know that’s not exactly the primary concern of most executives as they try to figure out whether to maintain a fully remote workforce, to return to the office, or to maintain a mixed approach—but let’s not pretend that the party at the end of the work isn’t important.

It's a formal acknowledgement of the efforts that everyone involved in the project put in, it provides a tangible way to communicate that the project is over and that people will be moving on to other things, and it’s something to keep people motivated through those tough challenges when deadlines are looming.

It’s not really about what the celebration is; it’s more about the idea that the organization is recognizing the …

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