Meaning – The term kickoff meetings, refers to a series of meetings early in the year, originally in IBM marketing divisions, when senior managers outline the challenges and objectives for the year.
This meeting would follow the definition of the base elements for the project and other project planning activities. This meeting introduces the members of the project team and the client and provides the opportunity to discuss the role of team members. Other base elements in the project that involve the client may also be discussed at this meeting (schedule, status reporting, etc.).
If there are any new team members, the process to be followed is explained so as to maintain the quality standards of the organization. Clarity is given by the project lead if there exists any ambiguity in the process implementations.
Example of usage – “The kickoff meeting is an enthusiasm-generator for the customer and displays a full summary of the project so far. By displaying a thorough knowledge of the goal and steps on how to reach it, the customer gains confidence in the team’s ability to deliver the work.”