One of the by-products of being an engineer is that I tend to focus on what’s going wrong, or could go wrong, on a project instead of acknowledging project success.While this is an excellent mindset for solving problems and performing risk management, in the realm of managing people, it falls short.Fortunately, we have an excellent VP of engineering, John Dring, who remembers to celebrate the little wins. Yesterday, we had a big one where electronics, firmware and mechanical all came together for a startup project we are working on. The integration went very smoothly with the electrical and firmware performing as was expected. Our startup client was thrilled to see their product come to life! Below is John’s quick email to the team:“Congrats and thanks to the team who worked tirelessly to make this happen. Great job everyone!”Reasons to CelebrateHere is a laundry list of reasons to celebrate with your project teamCreate a culture of teamwork and collaborationExamples of people going the extra mileExample of cross-functional collaborationCreate a culture of ongoing improvementErrors not repeatedNew ideas that were tried and did not work, that we learned fromIndividual skills demonstratedBetter ideas that workedAs Tom Peters advises, “celebrate what you want more of”How you might go about doing it: Email, (or even better a handwritten note) of appreciation – just a few words recognizing a specific act or level of performance that is contributing to project success.Public thank you or kudos at a stand up meeting with the team or for big milestones at a party or lunch to celebrateLinkedIn kudos – A quick and easy way with a big impact is to do it directly on LinkedIn.