You have managed a project involving ten partners from five different countries. Do you have any tips for projects that just started?
Renske Stumpel: ”While managing Like! was mainly a nice experience, it was also challenging at times. I think it is really important to keep the communication lines open at all times. Both regular team meetings and bilateral meetings are important. Meeting regularly and eating together is very good for bonding and the best ideas are often born late in the evening. Also ensure you know what makes your partners ‘tick’ – where does their heart lie, what is it they are really good at and interested in. Ensure everyone gets their space in the project and highlight achievements when people are too modest. In the end, looking at what we have achieved, we can all be proud of our joint achievements.”
“It is important that you really know your project partners and find out where their heart lies.”
How do you expect the project partners will build further on the results of the Like! project?
Renske Stumpel: ”What we see is that the Like! results are widely used, even after project closure. Our tools and solutions have been widely disseminated and made available to other cities. Our results have been highly valuable to all project partners and they will definitely continue using and building on them.”
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