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Ladders

  • Involve your users so that the solution that you deliver does solve real business problems;
  • Understand how any third party advisers are remunerated - by licences, by time or by outcomes. How they are rewarded will influence how they advise you;
  • Start your detailed requirements gathering from an understanding of what your selected technology already delivers so you avoid re-inventing the wheel and can really use the strengths of solution to deliver true business value;
  • Keep your users informed throughout the project so they are aware of what is happening and seek their input frequently;
  • Allow time in your project plan to massage existing user data so that as much as possible can be brought into the new solution;
  • Train your users, and not only prior to go-live.  Also, ensure that your testers are trained in the testing required and that all users are provided with support to answer their questions after go live;
  • Ensure that your testing tests the exception cases not just the normal situations;
  • Be aware of how your users work, so that use on laptops, mobile devices and desktops are all considered where necessary;
  • Focus on all aspects of process – not just on data entry or just on outputs;
  • Keep the implementation team small and tight so communication within the team happens easily and naturally

Snakes

  • Becoming embroiled in copious documentation and other processes that were necessary when developing a solution from scratch, but are unnecessary and time wasting when starting from a configurable solution as most modern CRM (and ERP as well as many others) technologies are;
  • Allowing users to dictate requirements without starting from an understanding of the functionality already in the chosen technology;
  • Selecting the technology without an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of that technology;
  • Ignoring the data that users already have because it is too hard to get it into a form that can be consumed by the new technology;
  • Allowing IT to lead the project, so they get the opportunity to learn new skills;
  • Allowing business requirements to be confused with business processes so a process rather than an outcome is delivered;
  • Creating team with members who only know about a small part of the project, so all communication turns into chinese whispers
  • Making the project bigger than ben-hur, rather than implementing the solution in a phased approach
  • Selecting a technology that is a point solution rather than a more comprehensive solution that your organisation can grow into.

Conclusion

Once you have thrown that elusive double six – getting board and budgetary approval to go ahead with this project - make sure that you climb the ladders and avoid the snakes. This is not as easy as it might sound, especially if you have not done a project similar to this before.  If you would like more help in finding the ladders and avoiding the snakes, please contact us .

 

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Gill Walker - Dynamics 365 trainer and expert consultant

Over the years, I’ve helped hundreds of people become proficient in Microsoft Dynamics 365 (and CRM), with training or mentoring.

For other people, I've been the troubleshooter, the problem solver, the Dr Fixit, the person who quickly gets to the nub of the problem and provides a solution.

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Opsis is an expert Microsoft Dynamics 365 consulting company. Our focus is your Microsoft Dynamics 365 success - not licence sales or billable hours. As Principal Consultant, Gill oversees all business operations and strategic planning and execution, yet she still believes in offering personal attention to each and every client, so as to understand their needs and offer tailored solutions.  We are based in Sydney, with clients in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and across Australia.  We offer Microsoft Dynamics 365 strategy, Microsoft Dynamics 365 scoping, Microsoft Dynamics 365 implementation, Microsoft Dynamics 365 technical support, Microsoft Dynamics 365 advice and guidance, Microsoft Dynamics 365 training and mentoring.