the critical step
Projects are mere investments until completed, when they deliver value to the organization. Implementation planning should begin with a planning session that establishes the foundation for cooperation and defines the desired project outcome. This article discusses ways to analyze risk and create mitigation strategies before producing an implementation strategy that addresses the concerns of all stakeholders. Various approaches might be appropriate for a particular project: phased organizational; product/service-based; customer/supplier-based; technology-based, geographical-based, or process-based. Once a gap statement and implementation planning strategy have been documented, an implementation activity plan can be produced which defines the rules of engagement, and designs an accountability plan. This plan breaks out activities and assigns responsibilities to accountable parties.