You know the saying, “Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst?” Planning the implementation of your decision is kind of the same thing. You need to prepare for the expected, but plan for the unexpected, and always have a plan B.
How do you plan a decision implementation?
Planning is crucial and can help the implementation of a business decision go smoothly. It’s also important to plan for what could go wrong and to involve the appropriate stakeholders for input and insight.
There are some guidelines — some best practices — that can help ensure implementation goes smoothly.
Determine the metrics
First, determine the metrics. How are you actually going to monitor progress and measure whether the change is successful? Metrics can include money saved, cost of overtime or extra training, employee — even customer satisfaction.
Next, brainstorm with your team for ideas on what could possibly go wrong. If you have some clues as to what fallout there may be, factor them in at the planning stage, and minimize the risk of something going terribly wrong. Ask if the right standards, processes, and systems are in place, or if the environment is supportive of the decision. For example, a pharmaceutical company invested a substantial amount of capital in state-of-the-art equipment.
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