10 steps to help protect the natural and cultural significance of places
Australian Heritage Commission, 2000
Step 9: Do it!
Planning has little effect if no action is taken.
Taking action to implement a management plan is also best done systematically. This requires good project management.
To implement the plan, someone should be given the role of project manager or coordinator of the plan. Project management is a process that includes setting timetables, managing a budget, allocating resources, assigning responsibilities and keeping a record of progress and decisions.
For your plan, remember to:
- Keep track of your progress! Writing things down can be a chore but it does help show others what you have achieved and helps to highlight issues. For example, any differences of opinion or disputes can sometimes be resolved if there is a good record of decisions and expected outcomes.
- Use it! One option is to keep the parts of your plan in a ring binder with tabs for each of these 10 steps. You can then add information as it comes to light and include evidence of your progress.
- Keep everyone involved! Successful implementation of any plan requires a strong emphasis on keeping people involved and continually adapting as people come and go and new interests and issues are identified. This is why these steps are never really finished. Good project management should allow flexibility as new information is obtained and new circumstances arise.
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