Sunday, May 6, 2012

Getting ready for adoption

Sometimes, the project really has to step up and be a force getting the business ready for the project roll-outs, whether incremental or big bang.

In the end, it's all about the strategy for adoption. I first wrote about this back in 2009 where I laid out the work of Everett Rogers

What are some strategy elements that the project could be responsible for?
  • Train ambassadors and support their deployment in the business to recruit disciples
  • Support pilot or beta releases to test the water and gather feedback
  • Develop communication artifacts, to include workshops, to inform the beneficiaries
  • Plan for the influence of the customer or the sponsor to be felt in the project plan
  • Actively work on project nemisis' to bring them around to a supporting position
  • Keep the project sold at the executive level; anticipate change to be led from the top
  • Buy into a change management strategy something like "Kotter's 8"

Not sure getting ready for adoption should be a project responsibility? Think about this: a project success without a business success is really not a success at all. Sub-optimizing on a narrow idea of project success may actually be a going out of business strategy!

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