Define what a quick win is - Dont take it for granted that everyone knows what you mean by "quick win". There is a very good chance that people will understand the term slightly differently. It is crucial at the outset to clearly define what quick win means to your program, your team and, most importantly, your customers and sponsors. Agreeing on a timescale that represents quick delivery, and defining what success will look and feel like for your customers will avoid wasting time on unproductive discussions about why you havent achieved what was expected.
Typically, a quick win should take no longer than three months to deliver, but make sure that your timescales match the sponsors expectations. It may be that they are looking for a faster outcome. Bear in mind that you cant always implement a permanent fix when the pressure is on to make fast improvements, so the outcome of a quick win can be a temporary (tactical) step to relieve a specific pain-point. Make sure your customers understand that, if this is the case, it may require you to spend additional time later on in the improvement project to make the fix permanent.
Make sure that each of your quick wins has a defined problem statement which relates to an outcome that can be seen and felt. If you arent working on things that have a visible result, it will be much tougher proving that youre making any kind of appreciable difference. Fixing some of the key pain-points quickly is preferable to delivering a new process which is tucked away in the background.
Once youve agreed your list of outcomes, fix the scope and stick to it. Dont allow "just one more little thing" to be labeled as a quick win. Avoid the temptation to replace items on the list. Your time scales and limited resources wont allow you to keep starting new tasks. If, and when, new things come up, add them to a list which will be worked on when the current list is complete.
Use your rising stars to lead - When youre up against it to provide quick wins, you need to make sure you are using your very best people. Finding quick solutions requires quick-thinking. Delivering to short timescales requires people who can break down barriers, get others involved and who dont taken "No" for an answer. Strong and effective leadership is required from the outset, so make sure that your quick-wins efforts are led by someone who is absolutely committed to achieving the outcomes and is prepared to take the doors off to get things done.