Friday, 8 July 2011

Principles for Intelligent Transition

If you want your IT project to be embraced as business as usual operations you must go through a transition process. But you can't be random about it and still expect great results. You need to consistently apply some logical and proven principles.

Read on to discover the principles that give project owners the knowledge to transition their projects with less difficulty and disruption. Or register now for instructions on how to download the full "Principles for Intelligent Transition" guide.

1. Transitioning a project is straightforward

Few Companies find IT projects easy to transition across to operations. They see the transition process as difficult and disruptive. But it’s only difficult because they’re not aware of all the gaps and how to bridge those gaps. With the skills in place to identify, bridge and fill those gaps transition from project to operations is less disruptive and more straightforward.

2. Gathering External Intelligence

IT projects are not islands but they can be very isolated and isolating. The bubble of an IT project often creates more and bigger gaps. Simply talking to the people in operations can benefit a project in two ways:
  • the project has access to an external source of information
  • operations are more informed and, more importantly, engaged.
3. Understanding Human Behaviours

People are projects and wherever there are people there will always be variations in behaviour. If you understand the factors that influence human behaviour you'll have more success transitioning your project across to business as usual operations.

4. Determining Transition Success

When a company initiates a project they expect to gain some sort of operational or organisational benefit, preferably financial. But project owners and business stakeholders stand on different sides of a gap and have different views of what transition success is. In order to work together with the same understanding both management and leadership are necessary to bridge that gap.

5. Identifying Opportunities for Transformation

Transition does not automatically result in Transformation but with the principles for intelligent transition in place you are more aware of what's to come and can identify opportunities for transformation.

6. Creating an Intelligent Transition Plan

You might think this is obvious and part of a standard project handover process. Fundamentally it is, yet so many projects seem to finish with end user training and cutover. An intelligent transition plan evolves as you think outside the project bubble, always working to bridge and fill the gaps for transition to be more straightforward.

Putting these 6 Intelligent Transition Principles into practise

These principles have been practised successfuly on many different IT projects across the globe in a variety of industry sectors. They are a proven way by which projects can be intelligently transitioned.

Further information on these principles can be found in our "Principles for Intelligent Transition" guide. They give project owners the key to transitioning their projects with less difficulty and disruption. The key to achieving success lies with you and your application of the principles.

Accessing a complete copy of "Principles for Intelligent Transition" is easy – just register here first to receive download instructions.

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