What is an Implementation Plan, and what are best practices, tools and online templates for teams and organizations?
Definition of Implementation Plan
An Implementation Plan provides business leaders and managers with a framework to create a summary of the strategy to be used in order to make a solution possible for a piloted project. An implementation plan is informed by a pilot program and should include most of the same information contained in the pilot but adjusted to take into consideration the outcome of the pilot.
Description of Implementation Plan
The Implementation Plan walks business leaders and managers through the process of developing a strategy which can be rolled out after the successful completion of a pilot program. The implementation plan should take into consideration cost savings when implementing the full scale initiative (beyond the pilot). Prioritization matrices can also be used to narrow down the focus of the project and develop a more specific implementation plan. Questions that need to be asked when developing the Implementation Plan include:
- Where & how do we use the implementation plan?
- What are the barriers to implementation of this plan?
- What opportunities are there to improve from the initial pilot?
The structure of the Implementation Plan is as follows:
- Apply lessons learned from the pilot
- Account for barriers to implementation (forces favoring / opposing implementation)
- Finalize design
- Sustain & improve the plan
Tools & Templates
The tools and resources that leaders use to make the most of the Implementation Plan template are internal business strategy documents, project plans, process outlines, and product descriptions usually in the form of presentations, documents and spreadsheets.
upBOARD's Online Implementation Plan Tools & Templates
Unlike most traditional implementation and related planning tools, upBOARD’s online Implementation Plan software allows any team or organization to instantly begin working with our web templates and input forms. Our digital platform goes far beyond other software tools by including progress dashboards, data integration from existing documents or other SaaS software, elegant intuitive designs, and full access on any desktop or mobile device.
Learn more about upBOARD’s portfolio of other business strategy best practice tools and templates, including:
2 X 2 Matrix, ADL Matrix, Affinity Diagrams, Baker’s 4 Strategies of Influence, Balanced Scorecard, Benchmarking, Blue Ocean Strategy, Bowman Strategy Clock, Build-Measure-Learn Feedback Loop, Business Model Canvas, CAGE Distance Framework, Competitive Analysis, Competitive Landscape Analysis, Contingency Planning, Core Competence Analysis, Critical Success Factors, Discovery Driven Planning, Economic Value Added, First Mover Advantage, Five Forces Model, Force Field Analysis, Gap Analysis, GE McKinsey 9-Box Matrix, Go To Market Strategy, Hambrick & Frederickson’s Strategy Diamond, Hedgehog Model, Hook Model of Behavioral Design, Hoshin Planning System, Kay’s Distinctive Capabilities Framework, Key Outcome Indicators, Kotler’s Five Product Levels Model, Kotler’s Pricing Strategies, Lafley & Martin’s Five Step Strategy Model, McKinsey 7S Model, McKinsey’s Seven Degrees of Freedom for Growth, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mission Statements, Mullin’s Seven Domains Model, OGSM Framework, Ohmae’s 3-C’s Model, Partner Relationship Management, PEST Analysis, PESTLE Analysis, Porter’s Diamond, Portfolio Management, Purpose Statements, Pyramid of Purpose, Scenario Planning, Simonson & Rosen’s Influence Mix, SMART Performance Metrics, SMARTER Goals, SOAR, Strategic Goals, Strategy Map, Strategy Roadmap, Strategy Uncertainty Map, SWOT Analysis, TOWS Matrix, Triple Bottom Line, USP Analysis, Value Chain Analysis, Value Disciplines Model, Value Net Model, Values Statement, Vision Statements, VRIO Analysis, and Weisbord’s Six-Box Model.