A while back I did a presentation at our Know It.All online event about Process Improvements - asking the question, "How do you know how well you are doing (in this case, using your preferred design software), and how do you determine what you can do to get better?" The idea I was chasing down is to step back and think - you've already gone through some sort of technology implementation and things *seem* to be going all right... but could or should things be better? Are you getting everything you can from your investment?
If you've ever asked yourself those questions, your next follow-up questions to yourself should be:
- Was our last implementation successful - how did we do it?
- Can we do it again?
This gets back to the idea of repeating successes. Take the process that worked well in the past, and run through it again. But what if you don't have any recent implementation processes to pull from? Here's a quick implementation checklist that we've generated and promoted in various presentations over the years:
- Create Your Technology Transition Plan
- Select and Choose the Right Team
- Choose the Right Pilot Project(s)
- Optimize the Technology for Success
- Perform the Right Training and Education
- Provide Ongoing Support and Mentoring
- Constantly Evaluate and Adjust as Needed
Getting beyond that initial implementation list, how does that fit into a Process Improvement cycle? Within IMAGINiT, we have a Health Check process that we go through with clients that identifies places of strength, opportunities for improvement, and identifies the current overall "health" of a specific reviewed project. Most of the ones we've worked on in the last few years have been focused on Autodesk Revit projects, but the process we work through is independent of the software you choose. Especially because this is a blog post, not a dissertation, I'll skip past the detailed breakdown, and instead put this list together - here are the basic steps you can follow to assess your current situation and make a plan for future improvements:
- Remember what you did successfully before
- Get a Devil’s Advocate
- Plan for the Future
- Do It!
If you're interested in more information, you've got a few options - the first of which might be to reach out to us... IMAGINiT is here to help, so let us help. If you're not ready for that level of interaction, try listening to our presentation recording over at our IMAGINiT Client Portal (free registration may be required):
...and as always, have fun!