Sunday, 18 February 2018

Smooth Operator

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How would you define a smooth systems change project go-live? Just yesterday I got in an interesting conversation, how would you measure it? Indeed how do you get there?

Well in this blog we have previously compared phased approaches & big bangs, also the benefits of critical friends. Now providing you have done all that lot, prepared well, worked hard, done that final push, what does ‘smooth’ look like?

Well it could be in a perfect world, where marriages last for life and Tripadvisor reviews are always accurate, no problems at all and all your users telling you, how well its gone and how much they love their new systems. As anyone who has been previously involved in a systems project, been in (one or more) failed relationships, or eaten a rubbish meal in a three star bistro will testify, that’s fantasy.

All projects, however much effort goes in, or critical friend help accessed, will have some fallout. That could be a number of functional areas not delivered, de-scoped, or still outstanding at go-live. These could be agreed in advance, which is cool, or discovered afterwards, which is clearly less good and something you would not want in your project.

Another great indicator of how your project went, is the number of calls logged on your new system suppliers help desk. Now, having been a supplier and implementer, back in the day, I know suppliers are never keen to have calls logged on help desks, when you are just implementing. There is a certain logic in that, however it means that issues can be lost/mis-laid when implementers take them away, or are passed & lost in a development team. For avoidance of doubt, by go-live, I like all outstanding issues to have already landed on a helpdesk.

The volume of faults, queries, issues etc afterwards, is a great indicator of how well your implementation was managed and executed. Clearly no supplier wants their helpdesk clogged up with dozens, perhaps hundreds of calls, from new live customers. That’s why they generally provide on-site support in the first few days. You the client pays for that of course! 

So where on the scale is reasonable? How many support calls is a reasonable number?

In my chat with a recently live site in Northern England, of over 23,000 homes, we were looking at around 30 issues logged on a helpdesk, covering around 19 module areas. While that sounds a lot, I am fully aware of a slightly smaller London socialhousing site, which went live with only a sub-set of those modules, which soon after go-live were juggling over 400 helpdesk calls. Quite a difference, I am sure you will agree.

So, what can be done to arrive at about 1.5 calls per module, rather than more like 35 per implemented module?

Well the secret my friends, is all in the preparation. ‘Fail to prepare & prepare to fail’, as those know all’s always tell us.

  1. Take good advice, from people who have been there and done it already many time
  2. Act on that good advice, however difficult it may seem
  3. Test properly and take it seriously. The organisation with 30 calls had completed 3 cycles of intensive testing, involving over 40 staff, moving from a 38% to over a 94% acceptance rate of the new system
  4. Don’t compromise on the criticals. If something is missing, not delivered etc, be prepared to extend your project and put back your go-live date to obtain it.
  5. Have a critical friend mop up the missing areas of functional delivery soon after go-live and keep your suppliers on track to complete the job ASAP, before signing off the project.
Bear the above in mind and you too can sashay like the lovely Sade, while having a smooth go-live!

It will be hard work, but it will be far harder if you wait to put the effort in, after go-live, I promise you.

Related Post: Don't be fooled (again) during your procurements.. 


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Sade – Smooth Operator?Sade – Smooth Operator.
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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Are (Critical) Friends Electric?

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I was asked a few weeks ago, ‘What exactly is a Critical Friend?’, having just explained that is what I provide, for a range of organisations.

I explained it as someone who is encouraging and supportive, but who also provides honest and often candid feedback, that may be uncomfortable or difficult to hear. In short, a critical friend is someone who agrees to speak truthfully, but constructively, about weaknesses, problems, and emotionally charged issues. The role of the critical friend is therefore a strategic one and can be important in assisting improvement.  It is essentially a role of support and challenge.

My last few Critical Friend assignments have included contributing to a project to reduce 27 software applications at North West Social Housing Group Torus (im, assessing the quality of a tender submitted for housing solutions outside the UK, and and innovative housing sector product, useful for DLO's and In-House Contractors.

I work with many different types of organisations, Social Housing landlords, suppliers to the sector and ones looking to break into it. Why you might ask, would anyone need the services of a critical friend? Well, a very good client, I have worked with for many years explained it as, “because sometimes, you just don’t know, what you don’t know”. That is an accurate definition, but it must be recognised that culturally, particularly in the UK and Ireland, few people will tell you the painful truth.

When our friends or family come around to see us, we say, “Sit down, make yourself at home!”. Which as we all know is the exact opposite of what we would like them to do. I.E. Stay there, don’t mess with my books, music, my fridge (certainly don’t go rooting around there!!) etc. We won’t tell them the truth as we are sensitive that we may hurt their feelings.

So, when we are in a business or work setting, we tend to behave the same. If you ask other staff, customers, suppliers or associates, how something is, we rarely receive honest answers. I am sure you have experienced that.

Suppliers often work in isolation, thinking their products or solutions are brilliant, (or pants), often with no proper critical input, to confirm or deny that opinion. It is easy to work in ignorance, continuing to fail, or be successful without actually understanding why. When I work with suppliers, they receive a ‘warts and all’ view from me, taken from an encyclopedic knowledge and practical experience of the sector. I think many suppliers who could improve their products or presence in the housing sector, shoot themselves in the foot, by not engaging a suitably helpful critical friend. I often work with suppliers new to the socialhousing sector.

Landlords and RP’s also have benefitted from critical friend work we have done together, to review how they work, software they have and how they use it, help to procure and particularly help to implement selected solutions, to time and cost expectations. I am fortunate in that I spent 14 years on the dark side, as a supplier. Uniquely, I know what goes on over that side and supplier limitations. Also, I implemented getting on for two dozen systems, over 6 or more years, so I have knowledge of product, data extract, reconciliation, implementation, effective integration, training and project management. When looking at how clients and suppliers are tackling those areas, I bring a lot to the table.

Often clients have not implemented a new system before, or experienced transformation, bringing many systems into a few less. This can be daunting and its best to ask for help early, or factor in use of a critical friend early. It might only be a day or more a month in some cases, but it enables an outside view to be incorporated into what can sometimes be very stressful projects.

In critical friend work, I have sometimes been referred to as the ‘Bad Cop’, compared to the clients ‘Good Cop’ stance. I always think of my role as being to shine a torch on to issues, providing options and solutions to move them on quickly with suppliers and clients. That can sometimes be forceful, occasionally unpleasant, but its agreed that it’s got to be put out there. While my involvement is relatively short term and a little disruptive, to make things happen, the client will continue to have a strong, positive relationship, hopefully for many years going forward. Recent work with Torus Housing Group and others, has been very productive and transformative.


I smiled recently, to have been described as the ‘Swiss Army Knife Critical Friend’, due to my wide depth of knowledge and experience. That’s very nice of someone to say so, I certainly have all the tools to bring to the job, as and when they are needed. It was also remarked that, ‘it was good to have a true friend, always going that extra mile and batting on our side during our project’. That I think is the other key to a great critical friend, they need to bring a can-do attitude, together with experience and tools for the job.


Related Post: Have you complex and functional systems, not properly implemented? 


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Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric?Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric?.
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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Do It Clean

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If you have ever migrated systems, you will have certainly encountered the concept of ‘Data Cleansing’. It’s a strange abstract oddity, I think. The whole idea of having to do it reveals our users, managers & staff, pretty much total distain for data.

How often do we ‘cleanse’ our clothes? Well, quite often, we don’t wait for Christmas or the holidays, to put them through a 30-degrees wash & spin, with integral tumble dry. We should not treat our data that way either.

‘Data Cleansing’ needs to be a continual process and all staff need to be confident about the value of data. Why it should be accurate, the cost of it not being, or falling into the wrong hands. It’s often said that people, (not paper clips stupid!), are the most valuable commodity in an organisation. While staff & people are crucial, data is of the highest value and we forget that at our peril.

So, get the message out to your staff. It’s their job to look out for data, it’s quality, security and relevance. Not just for some one-off clean up, migration or to get ready for some audit or IDA. If we deem staff responsible enough to amend/correct data, then empower them to be able to do so. Where staff cannot, let them escalate issues to the responsible team or person, with a mechanism to get changes completed. If those requests fall on deaf ears, there is a danger that system data may no longer be believed, or it will seem a waste of time in the future, to escalate issues for correction.

GDPR makes data, its use, value and access, even more important in our organisations. The truth is, without data that can be used as information easily, most businesses cannot function efficiently. Once our managers and staff grasp that we will excel with higher productivity and more satisfied customers. If I were you I would start that journey to doing it clean, as soon as you can.

Related Post: If you are using EDRMS, have you destroyed your paper originals? If not, why not? 


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Echo And The Bunnymen – Do It CleanEcho And The Bunnymen – Do It Clean.
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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Figure It Out

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Its not that frequent that I get involved in data reconciliation’s, but strangely I have helped a few organisations with them in recent weeks. How do you go about checking that what you take from a legacy system, is what lands in your new system? Its even more complex when several legacy systems are coming into a single new system.

So, what should we be looking at?

Well hopefully, data will be extracted into either a staging database or intermediate CSV’s (Comma separated Value flat text files). As anyone will know who has been through this process, its usually something that is carried out by the client, rather than the supplier of the new system. Because of this, its generally not that difficult to generate some statistics at that stage.

When I was a key implementer, I used to have a big list of areas which would be on my main hit list, many of which should be able to be reconciled right to the penny. Examples include rent balances, debit charge, cost of open works orders etc. While grand totals are a great guide, its likely that differences need to be split by Owning Body, Area, Scheme, Trade Type, Needs Category, debit frequency, Current vs Former etc, to meaningfully be sure of the integrity of data.

For my peace of mind too, I always urge my clients to find good legacy reports, to reconcile extracted (staging) data, then data when it lands in the new target system. If these can be passed to Excel, some templates can be developed, to quickly check these. In some cases, I have helped clients create something that can be quickly compared within 15 minutes. This is crucial at migration time and also to have all this ready and pre-cooked.

In an ideal world, regular data cuts could be done, with checks in place, way ahead of the final go-live. All differences need to be chased down quickly, so final go-live will be reliable. Data migrated might include EDRMS documents, appointments from a dynamic scheduler, or other sources.

Its usually common cross-referencing between systems will be in use, to allow data migration. These should be considered and understood to provide a reliable reconciliation. In particular, spot checks of every combination, for individual type of code. E.G. every type of charge code, asset type code etc. Config of these cross-references , during set up needs to be carefully controlled, as does changes in the data extraction that might be done to accommodate these.

Common ‘gotcha areas’ include around tenancy movements. Provisional starts and ends for tenancies, can pretty much always be expected to affect voids and debit values and numbers. These can always be isolated and a decision made if these are held back the last few days of the legacy system, and perhaps manually set in the new system we are moving to.

For audit purposes, a full list of all system areas, legacy data source counts/totals and equivalents in the new system, should be created, before making a decision to go-live. If an agreed reconciliation cannot be agreed, I personally would never suggest its right to go live.

Figuring it out, you can expect, will always shake out some legacy data that needs to be data cleansed. That’s always a bit like an archaeological dig, and a subject for a whole future blog. Before you try to go live with a new system, ensure you have taken time to ‘figure it out’.

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Down To Earth

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I was chatting to a new-ish client last week about ‘Command and Control’

Many of my readers will be very familiar with it, others may be interested to know its recognised as a US Army thing. According to older versions of U.S. Army manual FM 3-0, C2 in a military organization is the exercise of authority and direction by a properly designated commanding officer over assigned and attached forces in the accomplishment of the mission.

In short, it’s a technique utilised when something needs to absolutely get done.
My conversation revolved around if ‘Command and Control’ was used enough.

My personal opinion is that in many situations, particularly where new systems are being implemented, some C&C may definitely be needed. Examples abound that I am sure readers of this blog will find strangely familiar.

How often has a new application, innovation or process, been implemented and only a small number of applicable staff, seem to utilise it? Good examples are CRM systems. Of course, the customer service team utilise that, but what about the rest of the organisation key teams? How often have you noticed that Asset Management, Repairs, or that remote office in Pontefract, just never bother to use it?

Joining the dots, tracing back, its often managers that fail to see the importance or consequences of not using something like CRM, that actually benefits staff, all around the organisation. How often do managers tell staff ‘Oh don’t bother with that’, reinforcing a ‘can’t be arsed’, point of view?

When putting in new systems, such as CRM or Tasking Trays & Workflow, it is essential to communicate to all staff & teams, why these systems are being put in and why they benefit the whole organisation. Comms must play a big part.

In addition, these new systems should be monitored and feedback produced for managers, to pass down to their own staff. Good exception reporting can encourage early adoption, saving potentially tortuous issues later. Find ways to monitor compliance and automate where possible. This will ensure that new systems are in use by all and the benefits are realised by all.

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Turning Japanese

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Did you spot the oriental takeaway earlier this week, when the Japanese based tech giant NEC snapped up Northgate, supplier of Social Housing, Benefits & Revenues and other local authority systems, in the UK & worldwide?

It was described as “TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NEC Corporation (NEC; TOKYO:6701) today announced the acquisition of UK-based IT services company Northgate Public Services Limited (NPS), accelerating the expansion of its international safety business. NEC is buying NPS for GBP 475 million from leading international private equity firm Cinven. This acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of January 2018”.

Following completion of the transaction, the Company will continue to be named Northgate Public Services. Cinven will remain a stakeholder in the Company with a Board position.

Established in 1969, Northgate Public Services develops software and services for the public sector, mainly in the UK, and employs approximately 1,400 software engineers throughout the UK and India. NPS works closely with the British police and government organizations to deploy its business platform across a broad client base that includes local police forces, tax collection offices, social security offices and housing authorities*.

                                                                           * Source – Business Wire


NEC has been buying up companies across the world, many associated with public services, so this acquisition must complement that portfolio. Many of Northgate’s existing non-UK customers have been focused in British Commonwealth territories, such as Australia and Canada. This provides opportunities for NEC to use that as an international springboard.


The press release mentioned, “this transaction represents a step-change in our ability to serve our clients” as well as “we will now be able to offer a wider suite of services and software to our existing client base”.

I speak to many of the existing UK Northgate customer base. Its clear to me, at least within the social housing customer base, many would like to see more focus on the former, than the latter. It will be interesting how this works for my contacts, be sure (as ever) to keep me posted. Happy as ever to blog about developments etc, here.



Lets hope more additional capital will be coming into the SocialHousing products. Roger Birkinshaw has told me investment funding was coming already.
It would be good for this to be translated into new enhanced features and modules for existing clients and some new procurement wins, in 2018 and beyond.


Read the Business Wire press release here.
Keep on top of all the Northgate news here.

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Human Firewall

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As would be expected, everyone I work with is on message & policy with all the tech firewalls and cyber security. Some even taking out some Cyber-security insurance. Priced at about £600 or so, I don’t think that is going to be adequate when GDPR hits the streets later in 2018, do you?

Anyway that aside, a Ted talk video I watched, from the excellent Rob May ( @RobMay70 ) did wake me up to the whole sheer gullibility of people, where user names, passwords & other key info is concerned. Would you trade those secret things for a 60 pence Mars bar? Well many people were prepared, just watch this based on people engaged at London Liverpool St Station - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpdcVfq2dB8 )

The point is that however you secure systems with port access, secure FTP etc, will not mitigate the ‘Idiot Factor’

Forgive me for being so flippant, but increasingly the weakest link in the chain is not tech, but flesh & blood people. These are the human firewall and they need to perform as well as all those cyber initiatives. In fact, they can easily drive a coach and horses (Peveril of The Peak, would be my favoured stagecoach, from Luton to Manchester actually…), through your security policies.

Rob in his Ted talk mentions ‘Phishing attacks’, which we are very familiar with. These days the most effective attacks are ‘Whaling attacks’. These net tens of thousands, not hundreds of pounds. How can that happen? How stupid can people be, you are asking, aren’t you dear reader?

Well consider this. One up from that Nigerian prince who needs your help to transport £9m of gold out of Zimbabwe, an email request from your manager to authorise a payment of £55.4k to supplier x. Now, staff obey and respect their managers don’t they, in most orderly organisations? Clearly in this situation, we would hope that rather than clear obedience to managers, some questions might be asked here.

Consider in your organisation, would questions be asked, or would strict obedience be expected? You can surely see some dilemma here. Have we empowered our staff to think for themselves? Have we equipped them to question? What cost a short phone call, or a walk to that managers office to ask, “Are you sure, and was this from you”?

Fall short in this area, and your cyber firewall, will be undermined by failure of your human firewall. Act now and secure that aspect as well as ports TCP 1723 & the rest you have strapped down, your staff, at all levels are informed and proactive too…

Related Post: Omni-Channel, its it all its cracked up to be? 


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