By no means am I a data pack-rat requiring vast needs of online backup. I’ve accumulated only 600 gigabytes of data over the past twenty years that consists mostly of photographs, edited home video projects, and miscellaneous Microsoft Office documents.
For years I shuffled these digital assets across multiple storage devices in my home. At some point I started to wonder, “What happens if my home catches fire or my external drive fails? This data is surely gone forever. Should I investigate an online backup subscription?”
Like most, I spent the recent year-end holidays reconnecting with family and friends over a tin of homemade Toll House chocolate chip cookies and non-fat cappuccinos. We laughed. We cried. We debated the merits of Agile SaaS deployments and Minimum Viable Product (MVP) delivery.
It began as an innocuous statement:
“Drive-thru windows at coffee shops. Call-ahead seating at chain restaurants. Online order pickup at big-box stores. Clearly we’re an impatient society. We know what we want. And even if we don’t, we want it now, anyway.”
Not every employee is the ideal candidate to attend formal change management training. This article presents a few considerations organized by role.
I’ll always remember my first experience being on the receiving end of an enterprise software replacement project that occurred without a formal change management strategy. I had just returned from a week’s vacation and discovered the introduction, rollout, and three (and only three) software training sessions for the new system all occurred the week I was away. The system adoption results were abysmal.
In the early to mid-2000s Microsoft Corp. painted the world a beautiful picture of the ease at which one could exchange information across disparate systems, whether across the LAN or across the Internet. The company simultaneously eased both Office users and professional developers into unfamiliar terminology like Web Services, Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP), and XML.
Don’t worry about the new terminology, Microsoft told Office users (paraphrased). With a few drag-and-drops and mouse clicks, we made it simple for you to call a web service with little to no coding experience. You’re going to love how easy it is to push and pull data using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) within your Office files—namely Excel (paraphrased).
Executive leadership just gave the go ahead for the PMO to fire-up another project but it feels like staff is already over-capacity to take on more work. Here’s how I built a lightweight, easy-to-sustain project labor demand solution using SharePoint and Excel to measure and prioritize project labor demand.
Does this sound familiar?
Let me take a shot at reading your mind:
Your executive leadership team just gave the go ahead to fire-up another project but it feels like your staff is already over-capacity to take on more work. That’s right—feels—a squishy, subjective term. The reality is you don’t currently have a compelling way to show leadership your project labor demand. You’d prefer to wait two months (or more) before taking on more projects but that pushback won’t fly without hard facts.