Answer this one little question and I guarantee you will have the keys to the kingdom!
- Enthusiastic support from others for an initiative you are interested in.
- Motivated help in executing a plan.
- Attentive listeners when you are presenting an idea
The skill is to understand the answer to this one little question, "what's in it for me?" The answer is not as simple as you may think. Sure you may know what the answer is for yourself, but if you hope to gain the support of others, you need to be clear on what the answer is from the most important perspective: Their perspective!
One of the biggest questions that people considering moving to a single-source environment have is: How do I get buy in? There are two sides to this question: How do I get buy in from management? And How do I get buy in from my team?
Single-sourcing projects require new skill sets, new roles, and significant changes that forces productive and successful team members out of their comfort zones. It requires resources, dedication, and sponsorship from the enterprise as well.
Some things can be driven from the bottom up and some from the top, but regardless of where it starts, moving to a single-sourcing environment requires buy-in by all those whose process is affected directly or indirectly.
An entire body of literature is dedicated to change management. This presentation will share advice, guidance, and lessons learned from a variety of customers in a range of industries who have made this transition.
Some of the issues covered in these case studies include:
- Keys to increasing adoption in writing teams
- Lessons learned throughout the process
- Strategies for rolling out new single-source authoring tools
- Typical tasks and roles
- Strategies to facilitate and encourage new skill acquisition
- How to transition content authoring processes
- Rolling out to distributed teams
- Special issues with regard to outsourced writing groups
- Redesigning processes to address business requirements for quality and traceability
- Presenting to upper management