Posted by Brian Batts on April 18, 2012 @ 11:37 am
Is fear of failure haunting your upcoming migration project? Engineers are pretty good with band-aids and bailing wire, so absolute failure is rare. But in process control, pitfalls like exceeding budget, operations rejection, and maintenance headaches could constitute failure. In migration projects, most of these pitfalls originate not from incompetence but from missed opportunities.
Let’s take budgeting as an example. You didn’t want an unfundable, fat “budgetary” estimate, so you warned the vendor, “I need a realistic, FUNDABLE budget!” Unfortunately, your vendor’s interpretation was, “Give me the bare minimum.” After the project, you’ll have a functioning solution, but your operations team will be missing features they use every day in your current system. Was it avoidable? Could you realistically have noticed something was missing from the proposal as you went...
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