August 30, 2018

Managing large-scale IT Projects with Unrealistic Deadlines & Budgets

Many companies invest immense time and money into large-scale technology projects. On average, large IT projects run 45% over budget and 7%t over time (Exhibit 1). According to research from The Standish Group, 43% of completed IT projects were either delivered late, or over budget or without required features and functions. The research revealed 18% outright failed (i.e., the project was either canceled, or if it was completed, the new technology was never used).

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July 26, 2018

What is new at ignite? A look inside our Recent Projects

As consultants, we here at Ignite often get asked by people we meet: "what exactly do you do?" We typically respond by explaining the broad scope of services our company provides, such as Change Management, System Integration, and Business Transformation. However, there is much more happening under surface (as there is with most professions) that would take longer to explain. That is why today I am happy to share our newly released Case Studies which provide insight into the specifics of the exciting and challenging projects we helped lead.

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June 12, 2018

Online Collaboration Suites Part 3 – Develop Implementation Roadmaps by Team

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June 11, 2018

Unusual Assignments: Ignite goes Hollywood to deliver business solution

Recently, a client asked for Ignite to help create training materials. Nothing new for us there. However, this time, one of the requirements for the training materials was to create, and act in, short videos. This was a unique experience for our firm, as no one was (or is) a Hollywood movie star. We had intermediate experience with video production, but no experience when it came to acting. Before we began, Ignite's project leads worked with the client to establish and understand expectations and the decision was made. Lights, camera, action.

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May 30, 2018

Online Collaboration Suites | Part 2 -Engage the right people

In our previous Online Collaboration Suite blog ("Understand your current state"), we talked about understanding your current state before thinking about online collaboration tools. The next step is to engage the right people to determine your direction.

The right people include sponsors, team leaders and individual contributors. Below we explore the best ways to engage these roles successfully.

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May 14, 2018

4 Answers to the Question: “Why do I need a consultant?”

You have an initiative to accomplish. You don’t know where to start and you are apprehensive about bringing in outside help. You have heard all the common biases: "consultant fees are so high”, “they don’t understand our organization”, “why can’t we just hire another employee instead?”, and the list goes on. To be honest, some hold truth to them. To be even more honest, the benefits of hiring a consultant will overshadow any of those biases. Let’s take a look at four answers to the question: "Why do I need a consultant?".

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May 1, 2018

Online Collaboration Suites | Part 1- Understand your current state

We’ve heard the compelling arguments for switching to productivity suites like G Suite and Office 365. Reality is 

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August 16, 2017

Why does Business Readiness Matter?

When I begin a new project or program, I like to ask the leaders if they have a plan to make sure the business partners are ready to take on what their team delivers. Their replies are a good gauge of the effort that lies ahead:

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June 12, 2017

The Importance of Strategic Alignment for a Change Initiative

An organization’s strategic vision drives internal change initiatives and the tactics it employs to react to market conditions. Change leaders ensure resources are spent wisely by driving work efforts documented in the plan, or as a response to lagging indicators of effectiveness. Leaders should focus on change efforts that have a direct impact on the strategic goals. Once the overall strategy is defined, change initiatives can be managed through formalized projects

Change leaders strive to:

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May 18, 2017

Managing Reactions to Organizational Change to Ensure Success

People are at the heart of your organizational change initiative. Being mindful of how they react, both positively and negatively, can help you prepare your leaders to help their teams through the change.

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