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How to: Celebrate!

Recommended actions and strategies
The table below describes actions you can perform to hold a celebration and, if appropriate, offer individual acknowledgement.


What to do

How to do it


Identify type of celebration

Types of celebrations depend on size and complexity of the project. Examples are:

  • Lunch, dinner, coffee and donuts, team outing, gift certificates


Thank each team member personally

Take each team member aside and individually thank him or her.

Remind the sponsor and other executive stakeholders of individual team members’ contributions. A personal thank-you is invaluable for morale and job satisfaction.


Make a public announcement

Create an announcement to the organization to highlight the success of the project and its benefits to the organization. A good announcement will recognize the team’s effort. Some ideas are:

  • Executive sponsor sends email emphasizing team’s efforts
  • Published article in organization’s newsletter promoting the project’s success



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Updated June 1, 2006 - v1.1