Project Managing An Implementation Of A Library Management System


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Project Managing An Implementation Of A Library Management System

  1. 1. Ian Bays Project Managing an implementation of a Library Management System
  2. 2. <ul><li>Who am I? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are you? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>will you manage the project? </li></ul></ul>Project Managing an implementation of a LMS
  3. 3. Changing your LMS Setting up your Project Planning and Monitoring What Works well? Handover and Ongoing Support Project Phases The implementation project in context
  4. 4. <ul><li>Reasons for change: economic, function, other </li></ul><ul><ul><li>document reasons in Business Case </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mandatory and desirable features of new system </li></ul><ul><li>Funds available (or not) </li></ul><ul><li>Staff resources available (or not) </li></ul><ul><li>Tender process for external supply of software and/or services </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluating options </li></ul><ul><li>Decide how formal procedures to use… </li></ul>Changing your LMS
  5. 5. Project Management is… <ul><li>Delivering what is specified, on time and to budget within quality constraints with available resources. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Understand external time constraints: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support contract on existing system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must spend budget by dd/mm/yy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Do you want or need to phase the project? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>availability of funds / equipment / people </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ALWAYS plan extra time for the unexpected </li></ul>On Time…
  7. 7. To Specification…
  8. 8. <ul><li>Project Initiation Document – as a reference </li></ul><ul><li>You can often use the tender and the supplier’s response as the basis of what has to be supplied </li></ul><ul><li>This may also be the basis of acceptance testing </li></ul><ul><li>Carefully make your list of tasks to be done and any known time, resource or dependence constraints. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek advice and assistance from supplier and others with similar experience in drawing up and reviewing this list. </li></ul>To Specification…
  9. 9. Within budget… <ul><li>External costs </li></ul><ul><li>Stage payments and milestones </li></ul><ul><li>Internal staff and resource costs </li></ul><ul><li>Procedure for additional approvals </li></ul><ul><li>Budget for ongoing support </li></ul>
  10. 10. … with available resources… <ul><li>Project manager </li></ul><ul><ul><li>for organisation and supplier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>internal vs external </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>part-time vs full-time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>library or IT person </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cover all bases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PR, technical, catalogue/data, training, integration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Allow time for “day job” </li></ul><ul><li>Holidays & absence </li></ul><ul><li>Escalation procedures </li></ul>
  11. 11. Planning and Monitoring
  12. 12. <ul><li>Take your list of tasks to be done… </li></ul><ul><li>Work out where dependences are </li></ul><ul><li>Plan tasks with lead times early (eg IT purchase) </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid external dependence (eg building work) </li></ul><ul><li>Expect delays testing 3-way interfaces (eg EDI) </li></ul><ul><li>Do not skimp testing data conversion </li></ul><ul><li>Plan number of test data loads </li></ul><ul><li>Check all peripherals (eg barcode scanners) </li></ul><ul><li>Test custom work (and related areas) </li></ul><ul><li>Test external interfaces… </li></ul>Planning and Monitoring…
  13. 13. <ul><li>Test external interfaces… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>external access for users, staff and suppliers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>patron upload </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bibliographic import and export </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>authentication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Z39.50 interfaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EDI communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>etc, etc </li></ul></ul>Planning and Monitoring…
  14. 15. <ul><li>At planning meeting agree frequency of meetings with supplier(s). </li></ul><ul><li>Internal meetings each week at regular time </li></ul><ul><li>Record and agree notes from meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage open reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Seek solutions to problems and delays </li></ul><ul><li>Some project dates should be almost “immovable”. </li></ul><ul><li>You do not want any surprises </li></ul>Planning and Monitoring …
  15. 16. It works well if… <ul><li>you were involved in the selection process </li></ul><ul><li>you have full support of your team and management </li></ul><ul><li>you start the project with a full planning meeting </li></ul><ul><li>you keep your eye on the timeline </li></ul><ul><li>you strike up and maintain a positive relationship with suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>you know your library’s requirements </li></ul><ul><li>you have a separate test environment </li></ul>
  16. 17. It works well if… <ul><li>you are practical and pragmatic </li></ul><ul><li>you are able to embrace change </li></ul><ul><li>you adopt a blame-free culture </li></ul><ul><li>the success of the project is a priority for you and the team </li></ul><ul><li>you communicate freely and openly </li></ul><ul><li>you are enthusiastic </li></ul><ul><li>you can negotiate, delegate and motivate both your own team and suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>you make use of your supplier’s experience </li></ul>
  17. 18. You do not need … <ul><li>to be an expert, qualified project manager </li></ul><ul><li>to be able to use project management software </li></ul><ul><li>to be an expert in all topics – delegate and share this responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>to replicate your old system – take advantage of the opportunity to introduce change </li></ul>
  18. 19. … and finally things a project manager does not want to hear… <ul><li>1. “I have a challenge for you.” </li></ul><ul><li>2. “One minor change.” </li></ul><ul><li>3. “Rearchitecting” </li></ul><ul><li>4. “This new technology would be perfect .” </li></ul><ul><li>5. “I was too busy firefighting to finish.” </li></ul><ul><li>6. “I’ve been reassigned.” </li></ul><ul><li>7. “Let’s add more people to this!” </li></ul><ul><li>8. “It would be technically impossible.” </li></ul><ul><li>9. “Do you want full functionality or on time?” </li></ul><ul><li>10. “It’s not really what I expected.” </li></ul>
  19. 20. Any questions?
  20. 21. Project Managing an implementation of a Library Management System <ul><li>Thank You </li></ul>
  21. 22. If time allows… <ul><li>A quick walk through a typical Gantt chart </li></ul>
  22. 23. Workshop to explain configuration options, document and set up new system configuration
  23. 24. System setup – either SaaS or your own server. No client software to set up.
  24. 25. We can help extract data from your old system, and advise data conversion mapping.
  25. 26. We convert and load the data onto your newly configured system.
  26. 27. We train you and your team in detailed use of the system
  27. 28. You review the data and we re-extract, re-convert and reload your data for live running
  28. 29. Live running on new system