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Title: RR246-11 - Implementing CII Practices - The Implementation Planning Model: Steps to Success
Publication Date: 2/1/2007
Product Type: Research Report
Status: Reference
Pages: 86
Describes the background that led to the development of the Staircase Implementation Model and the individual components of the model. The CII Implementation Strategy Committee recommends that organizations use the new model to enhance current implementation processes by developing an implementation plan that fully addresses the challenges and opportunities afforded by a proposed new practice.
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Abstract

New ideas and new practices are the life blood of an organization that desires to remain competitive in a changing business environment. The absence of these new ideas will eventually lead to stagnation and a role as an industry follower. Based on a long history of research in many industries, the challenge to organizations is how to navigate the many barriers that appear during an implementation process and change these ideas into practices. Within organizations that invest in, develop, build, and design capital facilities, this challenge is amplified based on longheld industry practices and a necessary focus on minimizing risk. However, even the capital facility investment industry is being forced to recognize the need to adapt to changing business conditions through new practices.

The current Construction Industry Institute approach to assisting capital facility investment organizations in addressing this implementation challenge is a focus on the Implementation Pyramid introduced by the Implementation Strategy Committee as an overall model for the implementation process. This research effort builds upon the Implementation Pyramid by recognizing that the greatest challenge to organizations initiating change and new practices is the development of an implementation plan. Specifically, organizations require an implementation plan that provides enough detail that all parties impacted by the process understand the roadmap that is going to be followed during the implementation process. As documented in the current research, organizations undertaking an implementation process often fail to establish a roadmap or vision for implementing a proposed practice. The original Implementation Pyramid recognized the need for a plan, but did not provide the specific outlines that an organization should follow when developing a plan for a specific implementation process. The current work fills this essential gap by primarily focusing on the expansion of the fourth level of the pyramid, “Implementation Plan and Goals.”

This document describes the background that led to the development of the Staircase Implementation Model and the individual components of the model. The Staircase Implementation Model introduces a series of phased steps to implementation that are intended to provide an organization with a stepwise approach to successful implementation. The Implementation Strategy Committee recommends that organizations use the new model to enhance current implementation processes by developing an implementation plan that fully addresses the challenges and opportunities afforded by a proposed new practice.