In this module, you will learn how to drive alignment at the start of a big initiative or internal project by planning and executing an Initiative Kick-Off.

Product coach and consultant, Rosemary King, will share her toolkit for sourcing relevant data, leveraging key insights from stakeholders, and facilitating a kick-off session, showing you how to create alignment and ensure your project is driving towards key outcomes from the very beginning.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to Initiative Kick-Offs

    • Video: Welcome

    • Learning Objectives

    • Activity: Reflect on past kick-offs

    • Video: What is an Initiative?

    • Activity: Identify your initiatives

  • 2

    Preparing For Your Kick-Off

    • Video: Getting Started

    • Video: Which Stage Am I In?

    • Activity: Identifying and answering key questions

    • Video: Gathering the Data

    • Activity: Identify and interview your stakeholders

    • Video: Your Cross Functional Team

    • Activity: Identify who to include in the kick-off

  • 3

    Facilitating your Initiative Kick-Off

    • Video: Facilitation

    • Video: Facilitation - Dos & Don'ts

    • Video: Facilitation - Risks and Naysayers

    • Video: Facilitation - Dump and Sorts

    • Activity: Practice your facilitation skills

    • Video: Creating maximum impact

    • Activity: Design your framework

    • Video: Feedback

  • 4


    • About Your Instructor

    • Reading List

    • Initiative Kick-Offs - Resource Slides


Product Coach

Rosemary King

Rosemary started her career in political campaigns and did field organising, advance and fundraising before she left politics behind for similar jobs with gov and non-profit orgs. After struggling with bad systems and tools in both areas, Rosemary went back to grad-school at NYU Wagner and earned an MPA, specialising in management and systems analysis. After completing an independent study on digital tools for civic engagement, she was hired by non-profit tech start-up Case Commons in 2010. After time with ThoughtWorks NYC, Rosemary made the jump across the pond to join the new Pivotal Labs London office as its first Product Manager. After going freelance and focusing on consulting and training, she joined Mind the Product and built their various training product. She since moved on to a variety of FinTech roles including Head of Product at Float before becoming a full-time product coach.