Pro-Tip – Project Go-Live Decision Making!
No, it’s nothing to do with golf or any other sport. It’s me dipping into my bags of tricks and sharing some best practice from my past. While I’m at it “Do you feel you never have enough time?”. Spend time exactly how you save money, by not spending it on luxuries or indulgent tasks. This is worth the couple of minutes to read my words of wisdom.
Project Go-Live Decision Making!
There comes a time when decisions have to made at a point in the project. Project team members have to accept the will of the stakeholders and sponsor. The decision to go live and transition into production without your favourite fun solution is frustrating. It is, however, a necessity for the good of the whole. It is the same for product owners. They also have to see that the mother of all inventions, will leave some things behind. Acceptance, while not being ideal, it doesn’t mean the system is bad. Losing the odd bag at an airport, isn’t a failure, just annoyance for one, as Six-Sigma tell us!
Six Sigma is a disciplined, statistical-based, data-driven approach and continuous improvement methodology for eliminating defects in a product, process or service. … Hundreds of companies around the world have adopted Six Sigma as a way of doing business.
Missing, some non-essential functionality at the initial go-live, will not affect the overall scope of the project. Making people wait for a nice to have feature, should not delay the transition to production and service. I have at times been on both sides of the argument during my career. I have seen the hours put in to make something work, that didn’t make the first cut. Disappointing yes, but hey-ho.
Unless, you are missing something regulatory or a statutory item, then everything is up for grabs. If the stakeholders are split, then bring out your GRIP (Identify and classify the risks in proceeding to the next stage in the project, the next step is scoring them. Risk scores can help you prioritise which risks you need to be most concerned about.) Perform a SWOT analysis – always make sure you have it, just in case. Remind the stakeholders of what was agreed back when the business case and project scope was signed off. It would be wrong for you, not too.
Hopefully, you get the idea. Compromise and move on. Look forward to winning the battle next time, and be prepared to make your submission and case. Be agile and quick.
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