Once a strategy has been agreed, many companies make the mistake of trying to roll it out immediately.  In complex situations, careful planning is required to ensure that the implementation phase goes smoothly.  This includes contingency plans in case the future unfolds differently from what we expect.

Work Plan and Project Schedule

A fully resourced work plan and project schedule form the basis for turning a strategy into action.  With complex projects, you should expect some modifications to the plan at this time.  Practical and logistical issues will surface and require innovative thinking to achieve the team’s objectives.

Milestones and Measurements

Rolling out a large, complex project or strategic initiative can be overwhelming.  It is easy to fall behind schedule without even realizing it.  It is important to identify milestones during the planning stage, so that as the initiative is implemented, you have some sense of where you stand vs. the forecast schedule.  Likewise, after the initiative has been rolled out, you should have clearly defined, measurable results which are expected from the project.  These should be defined during the Planning phase.

Identify Rewards and Incentives

Any complex new project or initiative is going to incentivize and reward new behaviors among employees and/or contractors.  Now is the time to think these through.  Which behaviors do you want to encourage?  Which do you want to discourage?  Are there unintended behaviors which are likely to result from this initiative?  By considering these “soft” effects now, you can save yourself a lot of trouble later.

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