Something isn’t right. Your instincts are telling you that one of your flagship projects — the one everyone is watching to see whether it succeeds or not – is at serious risk. You’re being plagued by missed deadlines. Cost over-runs. Scope creep that has broken into a dead run. There’s a loss of focus on desired goals and business benefits. Your status reports gloss over the issues and promise to “get back on track.” The anxiety is mounting. You need help – a course correction, a tune-up, maybe major, maybe minor – but how do you go about getting an independent, unbiased opinion on what that should look like?
Ask the Experts and Get a SUCCESSCHECK™
At Clarkston Consulting, we’re known for our ability to partner with clients to deliver projects on time and on budget as well as for our ability to turn around ailing projects and get them on the road to recovery. A key component of our methodology is SuccessCheck™ – a formal, structured methodology for taking the pulse of the project and recommending corrective action when necessary.
HOW DOES SUCCESSCHECK WORK?
We want to take an accurate pulse of your project – what were the original objectives, and is the project still on track to meet those objectives? We begin with off-site preparation, reviewing project documents, preparing for interviews, and working with you to design a SuccessCheck that is tailored to your organization. Once onsite, we interview all the key stakeholders for the project — not just the high-level executives, but a cross-section of people on the project — so we can understand the details at different levels. Once we gather the perspectives of executives, managers, and directors, we’ll talk to some of the people who work on the project on a daily basis — key folks who have their hands and minds deeply involved in the project and have an operational perspective. Those three perspectives, Executive, Management, and Operations (what we refer to as EMO) are the essential ingredients for a SuccessCheck.
“The discipline and approach of Clarkston Consulting’s SuccessCheck program is very impressive. It has been invaluable in helping us maintain a pulse on a broad range of stakeholders and apply course corrections during our implementation efforts.’’ – CEO of a Consumer Products Company
“The key to a good SuccessCheck is to ask the right follow-up questions, probe when needed, and compare what we are hearing to what we know is best practice or what works.” – Neil Neilson, Co-Founder & Board Member, Clarkston Consulting
Curious about Clarkston’s SuccessCheck™ Methodology?
We’ve been doing SuccessChecks for more than 30 years. We have a proven track record and execute these quickly and seamlessly. Whoever you choose to check on the health of your projects, be sure they have the resources, methodology, best practices, and approach to get it back on track and on budget to achieve its business benefits. Do you need an independent, unbiased review of your mission-critical project? Do you need an accurate read on the health and progress of your most visible enterprise initiatives? If you’re interested in finding out more, download the PDF below which unpacks the following FAQs:
- WHAT MAKES SUCCESSCHECK DIFFERENT?
- WHAT KINDS OF QUESTIONS ARE ASKED DURING STAKEHOLDER INTERVIEWS?
- HOW DO YOU GET STAKEHOLDERS TO OPEN UP?
- WHAT’S IN THE FINAL ASSESSMENT?
- WHAT ARE SOME COMMON PROBLEMS UNCOVERED DURING SUCCESSCHECKS?