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Implementing Projects: Key Insights for ISO Standards

· 3 min read
Israel Munguia

The implementation of projects related to ISO standards, as well as any other type of business project, can be a significant challenge. This challenge doesn't diminish when it comes to critical standards such as ISO 9001 or ISO 22000. In this article, I will present five fundamental keys that are easy to understand and implement. These keys will be highly useful in effectively and successfully initiating the implementation of these standards in your company.


Project planning is the first and crucial step. Here are four specific points you should consider:

  1. Define Clear Objectives: Before initiating any project, it is essential to define the results you expect to achieve once it is completed. Starting a project without a clear understanding of your objectives is a mistake to avoid at all costs.

  2. Required Resources: Consider the resources needed for the project to progress smoothly. These resources may include personnel, training, hiring experts, technology, and, above all, the time of the people working in your company.

  3. Deadline: Set a deadline for the project's completion and commit to meeting it. Do everything necessary to ensure the deadline is met.

  4. Start Date: Finally, determine the project's start date. Ensure that all resources are available and define when you need to finish the project for a solid and uninterrupted start.


Choosing a single person as the project responsible is essential. When there are multiple people responsible, responsibilities get diluted, and it's unclear who should handle each activity. Additionally, in case of setbacks, it becomes challenging to assign responsibility. Therefore, choose a committed person capable of delivering results with communication and leadership skills.


Project execution can be challenging for many people. The most important thing at this stage is to become someone who makes things happen. Avoid falling into the trap of eternal improvement, spending too much time adjusting and revising the plan. It's crucial to start executing and make corrections on the go.


Involving the entire company's staff in the project is fundamental. Everyone should be aware that a project is in progress, understand its importance for the company, know the expected results, and understand how it will affect them individually. Although not everyone will be involved at the same level, it's essential that everyone is informed from the beginning and feels considered in some way.


The last key involves creating a culture related to the project being implemented. It is necessary to foster a culture where the new becomes part of people's daily behavior in the company, and they fulfill their roles by conviction and not just out of obligation.

These five keys are easy to understand and apply but make a significant difference when implementing a project like ISO 9001 or ISO 22000. Remember that proper planning, designating a responsible person, effective execution, the commitment of all staff, and the creation of a project culture are key elements for success in implementing these standards in your company.

Go ahead and make your project a success!


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