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Traditional versus Rapid Implementation

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Which approach is best for your organization?

Whether you are involved in a digital transformation project, implementing a new system, or continuously improving your organization you must select between a traditional or rapid implementation approach.

  • Traditional Implementation methodologies contain phases, checkpoints, and sign-offs designed to ensure quality of results.
  • Rapid implementation methodologies are more fluid and agile in nature with the objective of decreasing time to value and hastening return on investment.
Traditional versus Rapid Implementation Methodologies

How to Select an Implementation Approach

We have developed a five part educational series on traditional versus rapid implementation.

Start with Definitions

This video is the first of a 5 part educational series explains the differences between traditional and rapid implementation approaches. With definitions and examples of interactions between client and consultant, this video helps you make an intelligent choice.

Factors Impacting Choice

There are a variety of factors that will impact your choice of methodology.

  • Corporate size and complexity
  • Single system versus multiple systems.
  • Single company vs. multi-entity deployment
  • Internal Expertise and leadership
  • The potential for piloting a new process or system before complete deployment
  • Data cleanliness and availability.

These are but a variety of factors which are explained in our second and fourth sessions on the topic.

Benefits of Rapid Deployment

Will implementing faster result in a quicker return on your investment? The quicker you finish, the earlier you start getting value from your project. However, this is only true if the project is successful! The last thing you want to do is implement a system which produces errors faster.

Rapid deployment methodologies work well when:

  • The process or template is well defined
  • Industry knowledge and expertise are built into the template.
  • Your company has sufficient in-house expertise to succeed.

These three attributes and how they lead to success in rapid deployment are explained in our third session.

Additional Considerations and Next Steps

Selecting a traditional versus rapid implementation approach is not as simple as it may appear. For larger organizations with full time project managers and an agile mindset, the rapid approach is often appealing. However, complex problems often require a more traditional approach to achieve a simpler outcome.

If after watching the videos you are still uncertain of the best approach, Contact Us by filling out a discovery questionnaire. If you want to start with a Business Blueprint to streamline the final project, you can also complete our Blueprint Discovery Questionnaire. We have different forms for all of our services to make the initial consultative as effective as possible.

Our initial, no obligation consultations are always at no charge.

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