A fast, fun and highly efficient way to move projects forward and cross-pollinate between different projects or departments. The Project Kitchen method gives participants concrete ideas and encouragement for moving forward in their projects or ventures, a better idea of other participants’ contexts and needs, and generates a stronger sense of togetherness. As a bonus, it sharpens listening skills and ability to ask for help.
Taking time to collectively reflect on how you are working together ensures that appreciations, grievances and learnings are put in the middle for everyone to hold. Every person’s intelligence is incorporated into continuous improvement, not just that of the manager.
Making space for meeting agendas to be co-created means ideas and issues present with teams can be put in the middle where everyone can progress them, rather than piling up on the manager’s desk. We’ve found this practice to be powerful in creating team alignment, boosting engagement and initiative-taking.
Check-ins and Check-outs powerfully create two things. The first is the equality expressed in having everyone’s voice heard at the beginning and end or each meeting. The second is the space for feelings and people’s personal experience to be expressed, increasing self-awareness and group empathy.