6 Steps to Success When Implementing Print MIS
4. Project Leader
Appoint a project leader to not only drive implementation of the software, but also the change in peoples’ habits and actions. This isn’t a technology role, but a business role, so make sure they have a broad understanding of the entire operation. This person should be a natural leader, since they will need to convince others that this is the right thing for everyone. They need to be able to clearly communicate strategy, listen to others, and inspire them to be part of the process.
Be proactive throughout the implementation process. Set clear deadlines, and make sure everyone involved has a set of learning and implementation tasks they are assigned to perform. Run weekly project meetings with the project leader and team to ensure deadlines are reached.
6. The Time is Now
Don’t wait for 100% perfection before going live with the new system. Business can be conducted with a less than perfect arrangement. Wrinkles will still need to be ironed out, and other things will only come up once the software is working in a real-life environment. This is normal, and should be built into the planning, expectations, and timelines.
Implementing something as disruptive as a new MIS system across an entire shop is not to be taken lightly, but with your team on board from the beginning, and with a clear set of actionable goals to achieve, it should become a whole lot easier.