When managing a campaign, Prismatic creates a project plan, much like one would when doing a road construction or IT project. Gather the stakeholders, create the requirements, establish the plan along with a schedule of milestones and tasks.
One of the very last tasks on the schedule is probably one of the most important (win or lose.) Don’t forget to celebrate! No matter the outcome, people worked hard and gave of their time, money, and other resources. Taking the time to thank your contributors and supporters is a classy way to bring closure to the project. Take pictures and document your campaign along the way and turn them into a slideshow for the celebration. Bring everybody together and talk about how the campaign went. If appropriate, use that time to do your retrospective: what went well? What didn’t go so well? How can we make it better next time. Document those lessons learned and add them to the knowledge base for use on the next campaign.
Be sure to create a category for the celebration when establishing the project budget. Don’t skimp on the food and drinks but of course plan according to your means. The campaign can be exhausting and many people will burn out on the way. It’s not uncommon to reach a point where you just can’t wait for it to be over. It may be tempting not to do the celebration – you might just want to move on. That’s understandable. But a few weeks after the election it might be fun to gather and reflect.