Implementation Strategy Committee - From Vision to Action (Best Practice)

IS-31 Topic Summary
IS 31


Continuous improvement is the essential component of long-term success.  However, opportunities for improvement are not always successfully implemented.  IS 31 addressed the gap between development of a vision for organizational improvement and successful implementation of that vision. 
This research effort, based on literature reviews, surveys, interviews, and case studies, identified elements of organization, leadership, and communication that impact an organization’s ability to successfully implement new initiatives.
Results of this research provide knowledge and tools which comprise a formal process for evaluating organizational readiness for implementation of a new initiative and transitioning from vision to successful implementation.

Key Findings and Implementation Tools

1 : Seven Steps to Bridge the Vision to Action Gap

(IS31-1, page v)
Step 1:Preparing to Cross
  • Cultivate Management Buy-In
  • Develop Vision for Implementation
Step 2:Getting on the Bridge
  • Define Statement of Necessity (Why Implementation is Needed)
  • Establish Metrics for Evaluation of Implementation
Step 3:Starting the Journey
  • Gather Team and Resources
Step 4:Checking the Supports
  • Confirm that Cultural, Managerial, and Technical Support is Available
Step 5:The Main Crossing
  • Ensure Implementation Plan and Roadmap are Defined
Step 6:Addressing the Barriers
  • Identify Possible Barriers to Implementation
  • Evaluate Preparation for Addressing Barriers
Step 7:Exiting to Action
  • Ensure Communication  
Reference: (IS31-1)

2 : Capture Imagination of Executives

Is the first challenge to improve existing paradigms within EPC organizations. (IS31-1, page vi)
  • See Implementation Tools for further details - Vision to Action Hot List
Reference: (IS31-1)

3 : IMPACT Assessment Tool

Designed to give organizations three essential review elements for generating and implementing ideas: (IS31-1, page 27)
  1. Quantitative assessment of organizational readiness for implementation
  2. Qualitative indicator of potential weaknesses for implementation
  3. Recommendations for improving probability of implementation success
See Implementation Tools for further details – Impact Assessmeent Tool
Reference: (IS31-1)

4 : A Coordinated Plan is Essential

(IS31-1, page 12)
  1. Have a plan and a realistic timeline with dedicated resources
Reference: (IS31-1)

5 : Organizations Consist of Groups of “Colonies”

(IS31-1, page 2)
  1. Groups within the organization collaborate to achieve common goals
  2. Cultural and geographic differences between “colonies” challenge implementation
  3. Communication is necessary within and between organizational groups
  4. Individuals must cooperate to achieve implementation success
Reference: (IS31-1)

6 : Strong and Visible Leadership is Critical

(IS31-1, page 16)
  1. Management must visibly support the implementation initiative
  2. Senior leadership support improves likelihood of success
Reference: (IS31-1)

7 : Implementation Tool #1

IS 31-2, IMPACT Assessment Tool

For the implementation team to evaluate organizational readiness for implementation and to identify opportunities to improve likelihood of success
Reference: (IS31-2)

8 : Implementation Tool #2

IS 31-3, The Vision to Action Hot List

10 key steps for leaders to execute in the vision to action process

Reference: (IS31-3)

Key Performance Indicators

Improved performance

Presentations from CII Events

Plenary Session - Bridging the Gap: From Vision to Action – Igniting Passion and Imagination to Introduce Positive Change

Publication Date: Presenter: Number of Slides: 12 Event Code: AC2014

Implementation Session - Bridging the Gap: From Vision to Action – Igniting Passion and Imagination to Introduce Positive Change

Publication Date: Presenter: Number of Slides: 42 Event Code: AC2014