Disciplines of execution

Our newly minted Education Director General recently reminded us on the need to have a proper implementation of the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2013-2025. The Blueprint is superb, well thought out, well received, and well written.  We are famous for  formulating excellent plan but failed miserably in implementing them. Two points were pointed out. The implementation needs strong implementation and rapid execution.

Students aspiration as stated in the Blueprint

Surveys have shown that many teachers agreed that between planning and executioning, they chose planning.  When asked what they would rather not do, many chose execution.  More than 90% of transformation plan failed due to poor implementation and execution.

In a recent meeting, I had the privilege of  listening to a book review. The book identify six gaps between planning and executioning:


Implementors and planners do not sit on the same page. Whatever being planned is not clearly transmitted to the implementation team resulting in less than desirable outcome or worse not implemented at all. Everybody must be clear what are their roles and what are expected of them and the outcome of the plan.


There must be buy in of the project by the users and everybody else along the line. Without committed implementors, a project is as good a failure right from the start.


From the plan to execution phase, there must be a clear and  well defined implementation plan involving people, platform, devices, support systems, and funding. All these are translated from the blueprint or plan. Faulty translation will lead to awry implementation.


There must be sufficient support system to enable the project.  The enablers normally are the technology and the tools needed to implement the project. Improper and wrong enablers would render the project useless.


There must be synergy between the various parties implementing the project. Unless the parties get along well with each other, we are looking at implementation failures.


Accountability not only towards the customers but also towards each other in the team. Quite often we are reluctant to tell off others to saving face or ” jaga hati”. The lack of accountability all round would certainly impede smooth implementation.


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