You can find an introduction to Progress Check Meetings in Chapter 18 of Where the Action Is. These resources will help you plan, run, and troubleshoot the specific Progress Check Meetings your team needs.
A Progress Check Meeting is used to confirm progress on a project or initiative and to maintain project momentum.
- Since our last progress meeting: What’s been done?
- What still needs doing? What’s changed?
- What do we need to focus on next?
- The Project Status Meeting
- The Client Check-In
- The Sprint Demo
- Maintain project momentum.
- Ensure mutual accountability.
- Clarity about work progress.
- Information about circumstances impacting the planned work.
- Visibility into significant victories or setbacks.
- Decisions on how to address potential changes to the project plan.
- Documented decisions and action items.
- Reassurance about the project.
- Renewed project momentum.
Meeting Agenda Templates and Guides
|Elise Keith - This meeting agenda template follows a standard format common in organizations with a well-developed Project Management Office. Most commonly scheduled as a weekly or bi-monthly meeting, this format is best suited for those managing cross-functional teams on moderately complex projects or programs.|
|Elise Keith - Inspired by the written report format put together by the fine folks at Weekdone, this meeting agenda template adapts the PPP status report into a status meeting where people can discuss the information they share. Used by product teams, technology companies, and entrepreneurs alike, the Progress, Plans &... [ more ]|
Lucid Blog Posts
Elise Keith (2022). Want to quickly make an enormous impact on the meetings in your organization? Roll out an effective strategy for your Team Cadence and Progress Check meetings.
Michael Zipursky (2019). With proper preparation and a specific agenda, your meetings will be productive and stress-free. Not only will this make your life easier, but your clients will appreciate it as well.
Elise Keith (2019). At Lucid Meetings, our mission is to make it easy for teams to run successful meetings every day. Teaching teams the skills they need to run successful meetings seems like an obvious way for us to fulfill this mission, which is why we've now opened our first courses to students. We opened Meeting School now because, after over a decade of research and work with high-performing organizations, we know what works.
Elise Keith (2016). A team’s regularly scheduled meetings should maintain work momentum and strengthen the relationships between team members. The frequency of these regular meetings sets the team’s work cadence.
Tricia Harris (2016). Return found that clients wanted to rush through meetings. The problem is that when organizations try to shortcut their meetings, they lose the fundamental cadence that confirms commitments and drives accountability.
Tricia Harris (2015). There is no reason that our team shouldn’t be prepared for a meeting. It really takes a moment’s glance to see what’s on the agenda, and it takes a few seconds to add something. Being well organized for a meeting = more productivity.
Recommended Reading & Resources
- "7 Ways to Write Better Action Items", Charlie Gilkey (2012).
- Facilitating the Project Lifecycle: The Skills & Tools to Accelerate Progress for Project Managers, Facilitators, and Six Sigma Project Teams. Janet A. Means, Tammy Adams (2005).
- High Output Management. Andy Grove (1983).
- The Project Meeting Facilitator: Facilitation Skills to Make the Most of Project Meetings. Janet A. Means, Tammy Adams, Michael Spivey (2007).