Team Chemistry

The future effectiveness of your company is at stake.  That's why before you implement any software system; you must carefully consider the effects it will have on your information systems.  In past CPC columns we discussed the To-Be planning approach that describes the desired future state of information systems.  I explained a number of guidelines for effective CPC To-Be planning.  I will present some final guidelines to help you avoid potential pitfalls.  This type of planning may be one of your company's first major multi-discipline efforts with a team composed of functional representatives with widely diverse viewpoints.  Thus, success may be as dependent on the project team's facility with handling the soft change techniques, such as team effectiveness, than the hard technical issues of the To-Be vision.  In reality, it is difficult to separate the technical aspects from the soft dimensions of change.  Early in the To-Be' development activities, consider the following ...

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