Implementation Leadership Principles

Business Architects Close Implementation Gaps

Technology initiatives and implementations begin with grand and sweeping visions of business gaps to close and improvements to implement. Somewhere along the way, the workflow and improvements stop becoming the focus, and the technology can take over. Stop the new implementation and old workflow cycle of failure. A Business Architect puts the same focus, creativity, and commitment to your business need as the technology solution.

Project Manager Should Never Be The Last To Know

If you heard it at the status meeting, you’re too late.  But how do you gather project status outside of meetings?  You need to manage the tasks and lead the people.

Ability to Achieve Business Outcomes Needs to Drive Project Decisions

What drives your implementation project decisions? IT leadership directives? Technology limitations and infrastructure? OR Business decisions carefully weighing cost and enterprise needs? Which one do you want it to be? Only when the business needs, human resources, manpower costs, and overall enterprise vision are taken into account can a decision truly be called Business Driven.

Data is Key to Positive Business Outcomes

Data is a powerful tool that should be used to drive positive business outcomes. Good data analysis and presentation helps stakeholders understand the big picture. But is only useful if relevant, and presented in a clear manner. Setting the foundation to successfully build a reliable data set requires understanding the end goal, deciding what data will meet the goal, and managing the data throughout the process. Effective data management and analysis is a powerful tool for determining successful outcomes, identifying and overcoming issues and communicating project progress.

Prepping Business Teams is a Project Success Factor

The success of your project is ultimately tied to the success of your end users.  Their perception and acceptance of the new implementation is directly tied to how successful the project will be perceived. A few simple steps taken throughout the project can help prepare the business team, and your project, for a successful go-live.

Five Critical Steps Make Launches Successful

  1. Think holistically when developing business requirements.
  2. Ensure the project plan is accepted and internalized by stakeholders, business teams, and IT teams.
  3. Facilitate business involvement with technical requirement reviews.
  4. Consistently gather unbiased measurements of a project status.
  5. Gain control of the final project outcome.

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