Track Change

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TRACKING CHANGE

It is so important to keep track of the progress your project is making to ensure that you are going to make the change you want to see.

Here is a guide on how to stay on track, changing direction when you might need to, and generating awareness as you get stuff done!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

1. PROGRESS

Keep track of the progress your project is making and make sure to set deadlines and meet them.

 

TIPS

Keep your Trello board updated!

 
 
 

DEADLINES

As you develop your project, it is important to check whether you are achieving some of the goals that you set out in your project plan. These can be really good indicators of whether your project will be a success once it is delivered.

It can also help you to refine your plan as you work your way through it and make any changes that might help it to grow.

You should be looking to see how you can find success along the way that will help to validate your idea.

 

TIPS

Keep the project Trello board regularly updated.

 
 
 

GOALS

Are you achieving the goals you set out in your project plan?

As you develop your project, it is important to check whether you are achieving some of the goals that you set out in your project plan. These can be really good indicators of whether your project will be a success once it is delivered. It can also help you to refine your plan as you work your way through it and make any changes that might help it to grow.

You should be looking to see how you can find success along the way that will help to validate your idea.

 

TIPS

Your Project Coordinator will check in every 4 weeks to ensure that the project is progressing and that you don’t need any support.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

2. PIVOT

You might need to change things along the way to help your project progress.

 
 
 
 

LEARN

Some things might happen, or you might discover things as the project develops that mean that you want to consider changing certain elements of your project along the way.

You might be frustrated or disappointed, but you shouldn’t be - this is completely normal. It is just part of the process of learning.

 

TIPS

'I never lose. I either win or learn.' Nelson Mandela

 
 
 

DISCUSS

Discuss some of the issues that you might be facing with your team, as well as other people in your network, who might be able to provide advice about the best direction to take.

It can be good to get the perspective of people outside of the project, as they can provide a new perspective.

 
 
 
 

DECIDE

Make sure to make a firm decision about any significant changes that you might make.

This will make the progressing with your project a lot easier for everyone.

When doing this, make sure to agree any significant changes with your project team and communicate the changes to everyone in the team and to your Project Coordinator.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

3. MARKETING

Start to generate awareness about your project as it’s being developed. This can help to ensure that when you launch it, you already have people waiting to hear about it.

 
 
 
 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Set up social media accounts for the project, if you don’t have them already.

Here are the main social networks we recommend to focus on (in order of what we find are the most effective):

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
 

TIPS

Canvathis is an easy-to-use online tool to create social media graphics without being or having a graphic designer.

 
 
 

PROJECT UPDATES

Celebrating mid-project achievements is a great way to get support and keep momentum up.

Post project updates on the project’s Slack channel, share it on the community page to highlight highlight the great work people have done and call-out particular noteworthy contributors.

Even highlight mid-project issues and how they’ve been overcome. Knock-backs and failures are incredibly important, as long as you address them head-on and as a team acknowledge and analyse what went wrong. Everyone can learn from mistakes so make sure you share across the wider We Make Change Community (don’t be afraid of failure!).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

MAKING CHANGE HAPPEN

 

Now you need to know how to launch your project, make change happen and evaluate your success.

 
 
 
 
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