Review Project Performance and Adjust

Check the progress of activities against the plan. Review performance regularly and at the stipulated review points, and confirm the validity and relevance of the remainder of the plan. Adjust the plan if necessary in light of performance, changing circumstances, and new information, but remain on track and within the original terms of reference. Be sure to use transparent, pre-agreed measurements when judging performance. Identify, agree and delegate new actions as appropriate. Inform team members and those in authority about developments, clearly, concisely and in writing.

Plan team review meetings. Stick to the monitoring systems you established. Probe the apparent situations to get the real facts and figures. Analyze causes and learn from mistakes. Identify reliable advisors and experts in the team and use them. Keep talking to people, and make yourself available to all.

At the end of your successful project hold a review with the team. Ensure you understand what happened and why. Reflect on any failures and mistakes positively, objectively, and without allocating personal blame. Reflect on successes gratefully and realistically. Write a review report, and make observations and recommendations about follow up issues and priorities – there will be plenty.

Once you have the language or law in place, in some respects, your work has just begun. There are guidelines, policies, regulations, agreed upon procedures, registrations or contracts, filing applications, audits, reporting processes and safeguards that must be created.

Remember: this always takes more time than you’d think or you’d like.

Have a roll-out plan in place: when you have established a reasonable timeframe for creating and setting up procedures, you will have to be ready with a marketing strategy for getting the word out to the industry. Much of the marketing process will be spelled out in the Marketing Course.