Unlike with a box of chocolates, most people like to know what they’re going to get when a new project launches. Everyone wants to be on the same page, and one of the best ways to ensure that is to have repeatable, predictable processes in place at the project’s launch. In a post to Strategy Execution, Rebecca Leitch gives four steps to make the start of a project more predictable and repeatable:
- Ensure that there is sufficient rigor around processes.
- Create a culture where people feel empowered.
- Don’t compromise on your project’s chance of success.
- Make sure your people are skilled.
Ensuring Excellent Execution
Make sure there is a positive attitude towards the processes in place. This positive attitude towards process will open up communication and make your team feel empowered. Creating this culture of empowerment is important, but it may also take work:
As the focus shifts towards creating this culture, you may find that you have to upskill the people working on your projects and initiatives. (Even though they may be very good in their domains or areas of expertise, they might not have the relational skills necessary to executive initiatives successfully – skills such as good communication or the ability to lead and motivate others.)
It allows you to anticipate what’s going to happen and work more efficiently as a result. And in turn, it becomes easier to repeat the process for every initiative you take on, which helps to ensure long-term success.
Furthermore, don’t hijack the success of your own project. If repeatability and predictability aren’t present in your project, you’ll repeatedly run into problems. Don’t try to minimize the problems you run into during this step. And remember that an important part of predictability is knowing that your team has the right skills to deliver what is being asked in a timely manner.
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