Implementation Management

Whenever it’s serious -
or the intention is serious.

At the beginning, there is serious intention. And at the end, measurable success. And between the two is effective implementation management both for and in practice.

Because the quality of every concept is reflected in the success of its implementation in the company. To put it plainly: At the end of each transformation, the concrete Euro gained should be the measure of the value enhancement. It is usually a rocky path that must be followed to get there. The SMP7 model developed over the last few decades facilitates this path, firstly because it focuses on the three most important factors of success for an effective implementation (structures, people, performance [SMP]), and secondly because it also contributes the seven-step implementation roadmap, which turns implementation managers into successful change managers.

SMP7 – the three pillars of effective implementation

Success has many fathers, but only one roadmap

One factor of successful implementation is a transformation concept that builds on solid analysis results and outlines a realistic implementation programme. The other factor is a review of the business model from the point of view of value creation. Well interwoven, these two factors form the basis of the actual implementation roadmap.


Over 70% of all implementation initiatives fail, even though they are based on mature, innovative concepts. Our success rate is around 90%. And that’s with 800 projects in the last 40 years.

Target achievement is crucial, but how do you ensure it?

We are going to answer this mother of all questions in two parts:

Part 1: Leveraging performance management

Performance management is effective when it takes account of the implementation processes and control loop, reacts quickly to deviations and holds the attention of those involved at a permanently high level via tried and tested standards and feedback forums. Our performance management tool is thus called “Performance Cycle®”, and is based on our circular flow logic:

plan – promote – push – proof – (re-)plan.

Our steering instrument ensures that the project organisation runs both qualitatively and quantitatively “according to plan”.

Part 2: Leveraging targeted performance monitoring

Our Performance Radar® monitoring tool is effective for monitoring processes so as to rapidly identify potential project risks and address these. It monitors the search fields “promoters” (stakeholder management), “people” (employee empowerment), “projects” (control and monitoring), and “problem solutions” (issue management).

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    Implementation projects

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    Success rate

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    of all concepts executed

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    Implementation time in months

    Test the robustness of your implementation initiative

    Before you start your next implementation initiative and want to know how you can effectively install the SMP7 implementation management system outlined here in your company, we recommend you do our self-test with direct evaluation. 

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    Results that count.
    Decisions that matter.

    Together, effective performance management and targeted performance monitoring via promoters, people, and a focus on projects and problem-solving reliably ensure that intentions to change are converted into implementation successes. A detailed presentation of our “Performance cycle/Performance radar®” is to be found in the current SMP7 brochure.

    Any other questions? Then please talk to our experts.


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    Benjamin Niethammer Principal Diploma in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering

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    Marc-René Faerber Managing Partner Diploma in Industrial Engineering, EMCCC (Insead)

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    Monika Dussen Partner Diploma in Industrial Engineering

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