Each project is unique. Some begin with behind the scenes research and internal stakeholder meetings while others launch publicly with open workshops and site visits. Whatever the case, develop consensus with your partner by outlining a timetable and key activities from the start. Be prepared to experiment with new methods, adjust the team, activities and scope, and extend the project schedule as necessary. The vision-to-feedback-to-revision process takes a lot of time but creates the space for incubating ideas and instills a sense of ownership in your partner.