How to Create an Implementation Plan

Identify your business objectives to create your implementation plan.
Identify your business objectives to create your implementation plan. (Image: Catherine Yeulet/iStock/Getty Images)

Implementing the business plan is what makes composing the business plan worthwhile. Reaching the goals established in your business plan is a testament to your efforts and fulfills promises made to lenders and investors.

Grab a print copy of your business plan and sit down with your management team. To implement your business goals, your team needs to first identify its objectives. Creating an implementation plan is about creating actionable steps for measurable results.

Things You'll Need

  • Business plan
  • Highlighters

Five Steps to Your Business's Implementation Plan

Highlight the goals and desired end results outlined in your business plan. Use a bold florescent marker to make each of your goals stand out.

Write the objectives, or the strategies, required to achieve each of the goals that you have outlined.

Delegate objectives to individual members of your management team for them to complete or to oversee their further delegation. Every member of the management team should have an objective that she is responsible for implementing.

Determine milestones for measuring your progress in each of your objectives. The other members with delegated objectives should do the same with their responsibilities.

Operate on a "next action" basis until you have implemented your business plan. According to action management expert David Allen (see Resources) in his work "Getting Things Done," a next action is defined as "the next physical, visible action that needs to be engaged in, in order to move the current reality toward completion." Meet regularly with your management team to share progress reports, hold each other accountable, and round-table brainstorm for fresh input on implementing your business plan.

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