A full year in the making and deployed within 10 minutes of the scheduled go live time with no surprises! How many IT implementations can boast such results? This was the outcome of a well-run project at a major California State Agency this morning. A team successfully migrated a legacy application to new technology.
I’d like to take a minute, skip the usual “lessons learned” and simply reflect on 5 key project areas I saw over the last 12 months.
1. Committed Team
If you’ve been part of an IT project, it usually starts with a feel good “Kick-off” meeting. We talk about the project, the timeline, the people and how great this is going to be. Most of the time, people have never worked with each other and are expected to hold hands and get along for the ride. This time it was different. The project manager set the tone with a high-level plan, tangible milestones and a meeting that lasted less than 30 minutes.
You came out of this meeting feeling like “We’re going to kick some ass!”.
2. Engaged and Trusting Leadership
It’s not enough to just be the boss, sit at the head of the table and listen to project status. You have to be engaged, able and willing to make tough calls, and above all, trust your team. That’s what leadership is and that’s what the team saw.
3. Focus on Results not Blame
Is it going to be the smooth ride we’ve been promised? You bet it won’t be! So, let’s check your ego at the door, don’t look for blame and find ways to help your teammates. In most IT projects too much time is wasted on blame going around. Some people thrive on the resulting chaos, which not only results in delays but fragments a team and lowers the morale. Stop the blame and let’s move forward. This team understood this from the get go.
4. What Turf War?
Technology is going to change. You have to be ready to change with it. Protecting your turf from change using all kind of excuses is not helping your organization. If you are not ready to embrace the changes, your position will be commoditized. Instead, understand what is needed, how you can help, and make it happen. The only turf I saw here was the one the team was playing on!
5. A How-To Attitude
Do I really need to explain? If so, you can learn from these guys!
There you have it! LCS is proud to have been able to participate and watch the events unfold. Great teamwork and looking forward to the next successful migration!