Case Study: Ensuring Start-Up Success

A well-planned and executed start-up can succeed alongside tight constraints.
Start-up success starts with effective project management.
When we recently helped a beverage manufacturer achieve start-up success on a ten-week schedule it wasn’t an anomaly. It’s a strategy we’ve been applying for years with great success. In fact, we have five fundamentals that breed start-up success and stave off the common problems that plague most start-ups.
Five Strategies for Success
  1. Create a start-up team that represents stakeholders. Everyone on the team who will touch the project, needs a voice. It’s the best way to prevent unwelcome surprises and setbacks.
  2. Select a leader who won’t do all the work singlehandedly. From the start-up group, find a leader who won’t go at it alone. This person will be responsible for the entire start-up and ensure end-to-end care of the effort.
  3. Build a strong strategy together. The team leader should gather input, compile and present to the whole team for feedback. Goals should be defined using quantifiable criteria and training should be address.
  4. Communicate constantly. Communication builds a nimble, responsible team. Since start-up is a dynamic environment with changing conditions, effective communication is essential.
  5. Keep score and celebrate wins. Track progress, celebrate milestones and reward your team for a job well done. 
These fundamentals can make start-up quick and effective.
One other strategy that’s worked effectively in project management is the development of multiple goals — baseline, stretch and wow goals. With performance measures in place it’s easy to track and measure performance. With an effective, well-executed start-up strategy even the most difficult wow goals are readily within reach. 


Ensuring Start-Up Success
Keith Perkey
Vice President