Starting a Systems Project

Confirming the Plan and Launching the Project

Financial Management

Dealing with a Reduced Budget

Instituting Accountability

Expanding the Project Team

Publishing Interdisciplinary Systems Work


Progress is made one step at a time. Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments. —David Joseph Schwartz

The strategies discussed in previous chapters are the foundation of effective agricultural systems research, and they provide the basis for this final chapter on how to carry out systems projects. This chapter ties together key aspects of implementing a systems project, including planning and start-up, financial management and organizational structure, and it provides advice on troubleshooting.