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).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?".
We’ve heard the compelling arguments for switching to productivity suites like G Suite and Office 365. Reality is
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:Read More
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:Read More