This post is part 1 of 5 in the series Startup ques­tions.

It’s the end of a project and the work group or team is eval­u­ating the results and consid­ering what they would do differ­ently. What are the lessons learned?

Often, a ques­tion not asked at the outset of the project might have improved the outcome if asked. Ques­tions asked to clarify and gain agree­ment are often skipped as teams, eager to get down to busi­ness, jump directly into the “doing.”

Go slow to go fast

Take time at the begin­ning to help the group form. Upfront time invested in building rela­tion­ships and under­standing the project purpose will help the group move quickly and confi­dently as dead­lines approach later in the project lifespan.

Allow time for in-depth intro­duc­tions so people can share more personal back­ground infor­ma­tion rele­vant to the work. Give group members the oppor­tu­nity to express what they want to get out of the expe­ri­ence. Encourage people to talk about their preferred style of coping when conflict arises.

Here are several work­sheets of startup ques­tions intended to create a foun­da­tion that helps groups fully focus on the task at hand.