Introducing new goals in your organization is a complicated endeavor. Regardless of how well your team functions, it takes a well-crafted strategy to realign your team and resources to achieve new objectives.

This is where strategy implementation comes into play. 

As a tool used within strategic management, the implementation process focuses on the execution of your strategy by addressing who, when, where, and how targets can be met. 

Here’s how your organization can harness successful strategic implementation within the project management team.

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Process of Strategic Implementation

When approaching a goal or a project, the process of strategic implementation governs how you’ll put your plan into action. Its purpose is to help determine how you’ll source your resources, what policies or programs you’ll put into place, and who will help you execute the strategy. 

The implementation process should follow an environmental scan and SWOT analysis to identify any potential risks inherent to the strategy.

Without strategy formulation and implementation, it can be challenging to achieve goals.

Prerequisites of Strategic Implementation

Before any strategy can be implemented, there are a few prerequisites your organization needs to achieve success. Sourcing these essential items in advance will help you successfully implement a strategy.

As a management team, consider the following:

  • Do you have people with the right skills and experience to implement the strategy?
  • Do you have the resources you need (such as time and money) to execute the implementation?
  • Is your management structure designed for open communication and frequent meetings?
  • Are you equipped with the technology needed to achieve your objectives?

Before you proceed to your implementation process, review your strategy, and ensure you’re providing your team with what they need to succeed.

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Aspects of Strategic Implementation

Strategy formulation and implementation work hand in hand, and the following aspects help connect the dots to ensure the execution runs smoothly.

  • Establish the right work environment and corporate culture that supports and embraces strategy implementation. By motivating employees and rewarding success, you’ll improve the effectiveness of your strategy.
  • Employ a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals to tackle individual supporting projects.
  • Improve internal communication to ensure all team members have the support and knowledge they need.
  • Develop procedures or policies which help teams better achieve their goals.
  • Create a healthy budget and allocate the resources needed to implement the strategy.

Successful strategic implementation involves participation from the entire organization. While the management team may be tasked with overseeing the goal to completion, it’s your team that will be completing the work.

Ensure the right structure and systems are in place to support the workflow through your teams. Employees should be aware of their responsibilities, who they’re accountable to, and the tools available to assist them with their tasks.

7 Key Steps in the Strategic Implementation Process

There are seven key steps for an organization to achieve success in their strategy formulation and implementation process. 

1. Set Goals

Ensure from the onset that all goals are realistic and attainable within your set timeframe and resource allocation. Determine whether the goals are companywide or department specific. Then identify any key variables or obstacles that may arise and develop contingency plans. 

2. Determine Roles

Communicate your implementation strategy with your team. This will help you establish what responsibilities each department will take on and outline your action plan for colleagues and stakeholders.

3. Assign Work

Assign tasks to your team members. Each individual should understand the overarching goal and how their specific assignment supports it. Deadlines should be clearly communicated to ensure the project stays on task.

4. Execute and Monitor

It’s time to put your strategic plan into action. All team members should have the resources they need to complete the task at hand. Regularly check in with your team to monitor progress and address any roadblocks that may arise.

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5. Adjust and Revise

This is often the most important step of the process. As issues or challenges arise, shift your approach, and take corrective action to your process as needed. So long as you share updates with your team and all stakeholders, staying agile throughout strategic implementation will greatly improve your project outcome.

6. Complete the Job

Continue to check in on your team members to ensure the project is on track and that no additional resources are needed to achieve the goal. Update all stakeholders with any important details of the job or delays in your team’s progress. 

7. Review and Reflect

The final step of the process is to conduct a retrospective of the strategy implementation. Reflect on the overall process, and review what went well and what did not. Use these learnings to improve your strategy for future projects.

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Karin KelleyKarin Kelley

Karin has spent more than a decade writing about emerging enterprise and cloud technologies. A passionate and lifelong researcher, learner, and writer, Karin is also a big fan of the outdoors, music, literature, and environmental and social sustainability.

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