Planning Travel and Onsite Meetings
We sometimes meet with clients "onsite," in their offices or elsewhere, to conduct discovery research and/or product demos and evaluation during the development process. Anytime travel is involved, use the CivicActions Travel Details form template as a starting point for your planning. Please make a copy of the template before filling it out. Do as much or as little planning as is appropriate for your specific project.
Onsite Planning Guidelines
- Create a Trello board for keeping track of all the details: lodging, meals, transportation, prep tasks, etc. See TEMPLATE: Onsite Meeting Planning.
- Create a budget for the onsite meeting (check the contract for allowed budget or get approval from management if out of pocket budget is required).TEMPLATE: Onsite Travel Estimates
- Create invites on the project calendar for the onsite meetings and invite participants.
- Research hotels and coordinate booking details with Judy.
- Remind CivicActions' participants to coordinate with Judy to book flights.
- Research meal options and coordinate with Judy on food orders, delivery, and reservations.
- TEMPLATE: Discovery, which includes a backlog of potential onsite discovery activities, may be a useful guide if your onsite meetings are Discovery-related.