Build a virtual bash with a legacy of lessons learned
When the pandemic started, our organization assigned team members to come up with ideas that could make virtual celebrations more engaging. By leaning into their creative sides, our project teams generated ideas that can also be used when we return to the office.
- We compile videos that highlight milestones, awards and appreciation emails from project clients and customers. The videos show team members talking about the most memorable or funniest project moments.
- Project T-shirts are sent to all team members, who wear them during the virtual celebration party.
- The top performing team member chooses food and drinks, which are delivered to everyone.
- To promote inclusion, we invite everyone to the party, including the leadership team.
- The leadership team creates lessons learned questionnaires that are not only designed to be fun but also capture and share knowledge about the project.
- When we return to the office, we’re planning to add more activities to our celebrations, like having team members who contribute most to project success put on a performance during the party.
If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that we need to cultivate a culture of knowledge-sharing during the party so everyone is engaged. This encourages team members to be aware of what others are working on—and how they achieved success.
—Marzikmal Omar, PMI-RMP, PMP, head of IT, e-services and telecom portfolio, group PMO, Dagang NeXchange Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia