From Workflow Documentation Springs Exemplary Performance

I just had breakfast with a good friend and colleague, and, the usual thing happened; the conversation shifted to performance challenges around business systems implementations. He is a process improvement engineer blessed with the curse of a training background followed by deep business process improvement experience. While that sounds like a contradiction in terms, it is a blessing/curse we both share. We both know and love the profession of training, but, because of that background, we both know where training can never be effective - system implementation and adoption. (more…)

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Enterprise Systems Deployment vs. Bathing an Orangutan

This title may seem a bit odd, but both can end badly; especially if a deployment effort for an enterprise-wide system like ERP, or CRM, or [insert the application of your choice here] relies upon effective training to ensure full adoption. Trust me, I’ve been down this road a couple times now and have an impressive string of failures. No…I was not foolish enough to soap up a monkey that was at least ten times stronger than me, but I have witnessed multiple system deployments that ended poorly. (more…)

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Change Leadership: When Change Management Is Not Enough

Ask any IT professional if they have a repeatable process for Change Management (CM) and you can expect an unequivocal “Yes we do!” as the response, and likely suffer a sideways glance wondering what motivated such a ridiculous question. Actually, they have no other choice when we consider the nature of Change in the scope of their IT world. Systems constantly change to meet new business demands, and/or software applications need frequent additions or modifications. Rigorous testing procedures, validation, and documentation are required. Timelines and project management accountabilities assigned, synchronized,…

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