Thursday, March 10, 2016

Burn the Boats -- Software Replacement Imperatives

Source: http://learntoearnwithbob.com/how-to-stay-motivated-when-working-from-home 
Replacing a software system can be traumatic for all the people involved, but at some a decision must be made to move ashore and create a new settlement.

In my experience, the commitment of leadership to embrace the new software and work through any remaining issues must be visible to users before they share this commitment.

Like Hernán Cortés burned his boats to prevent even the idea of returning to Spain, corporate management can flip the OFF switch and show iron willpower for a software migration.

A bold migration is often less expensive then operating systems in parallel for a long period, or switching back and forth.  Shortening the time for transition can also reduce the human cost, like pulling a Band-Aid off quickly rather than slowly. 

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