Strategic implementation is a fundamental step in turning a company’s vision of a project into reality. Through a series of action-based phases and tasks, the implementation process maps out the life cycle of a project.
Without strategic implementation, a project would not be able to get off the ground, since strategic implementation functions as a project’s blueprint. The implementation process identifies what tasks need to be completed, and when. Strategic implementation is action-based and uses a variety of tools to keep the project team on track.
Work Breakdown Structure
A work breakdown structure is an asset to any project team because it illustrates the order of operations for project implementation. Work breakdown structures identify all the steps that need to be taken to get from one implementation phase to the next. According to Net MBA, work breakdown structures are designed in a hierarchal structure, and break a project down into smaller, and more manageable, components.
Another valuable application that strategic implementation is responsible for is developing an implementation schedule. Implementation schedules are similar to time lines in that they dictate start and end dates for when project tasks and phases should be completed. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, project implementation schedules are often broken down into charts that map out the duration of how long a task should be performed before it’s on to the next phase.
Strategic implementation is important because it evaluates project costs and determines cost allocation to fund the project from start to finish. By planning ahead, and conducting financial studies and projections, the strategic implementation process can save projects money in the end, because unforeseen costs can be reduced or eliminated.
The strategic implementation process will determine the evaluation methodology for a project. Evaluations are done to study how close a project is to being completed, and if the project team has met important milestones. Evaluations consist of measuring a project’s progress, and comparing that against what the targeted goal is. This will tell the project team whether or not they are on track with the projected time frames and projected funding.