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Tool: Preparing for implementation

Typical use (type of issue/project)

Before a project is implemented to holistically assess the readiness of the project by looking at yourself, the stakeholders, and the extent to which the implementation of the project will mirror its original goals.

Ease of use rating

Used by

Yourself and your team.

Tips for effective use

Try to think each question through carefully before you answer it. When answering questions on the stance of each stakeholder it is vital to seek to put yourself in their mindset.

Signals of successful use

Feeling confident that the implementation will be successful. Another sign would be deciding to re-think/change the implementation stage because of knowledge gained from the handout (signifying that learning took place).

Signals of unsuccessful use

Denying any growth to occur (in other words: new opinions, hesitations or confidence).

Links to other tools

Consulting process and Transition curve in Change management.


Preparing for implementation

  1. What level of energy is there behind the project? Do you need to take any action to deal with the level of energy before the implementation starts? Do you have the resources necessary? Do you have a plan that details the timing and key decision points?
  2. Does your plan mirror the objectives of the project? Does your plan cover the emotional buy in needed at each stage as well as the technical or procedural matters? Do you have a communication plan for the project to run along side the change plan?
  3. What are you own biases or concerns about implementation? How will you achieve a neutral stance?
  4. Are there any key stakeholders who are against the project or the implementation plan? How will you achieve their agreement and buy-in?
  5. Have you assessed where each major group affected by the change is on the change curve? What action will you need to take to deal with where they are?
  6. What will you do to encourage buy in at each stage? Is the plan flexible enough to take account of new learning as the implementation proceeds?
  7. How will you collect data on the progress of the implementation and any adjustments you may need to make?
  8. Have you agreed the measures of a successful implementation?
  9. Have you agreed the measures of a successful project?
  10. What is your plan for involving the client in reviewing measures on both implementation and the successful completion of the project?