Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

OUM Spotlight - Keeping Stakeholders Engaged

Congratulations! Your new project is off to a great start and all of the stakeholders came away from the project kickoff meeting informed and enthused. Now you may be wondering how do I keep these very busy stakeholders informed and enthused as the project moves along?  One technique used by successful OUM projects is to communicate the project's status to all of the stakeholders upon the completion of the phase end milestones, and take this milestone opportunity to inform these stakeholders of upcoming critical events and decisions. This practice connects stakeholders into the flow of the project, thus promoting collaborative working relationships and reducing risk by continually demonstrating project progress and driving decision making.

Another widely used technique is to demonstrate configurations and extensions to ambassador users at key points in the development cycle. This gives ambassador users the ability to conduct testing throughout the project, which facilitates a smooth UAT and mitigates any potential surprises at the end of the project.

Have any tips and techniques on keeping stakeholders engaged on your projects?  Please share in the comments.

Monday Feb 06, 2012

Back to the Strategy

Methodologists are much like everyone else in that we are all too crazy busy to spend time reflecting on the past.  However, as I was preparing for a presentation at the 2012 JDE Summit last week, I found myself reflecting on the fact that I had returned to the site of an important milestone in the evolution of OUM.

It was seven years ago, in a conference room at the Oracle campus in Broomfield, Colorado, that several legacy Oracle, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards folks got together and sketched out what became Oracle’s method integration strategy.  We may have tweaked the actual wording since that meeting, but the foundations of the strategy have remained:

  • Support current methods (Compass, AIM, ABF, Siebel, DWM FT, etc.)
  • Develop a single, integrated method, to support the entire Oracle ecosystem, across all Oracle products (OUM).
  • Decommission legacy methods as the field transitions to OUM.

In the seven years since the initial meeting in Broomfield, this strategy has served as a solid foundation as OUM has evolved and many acquisitions have subsequently been brought into Oracle.  So I suppose that for even crazy busy people, there is benefit in reflecting back on the fundamental decisions that continue to drive our day-to-day tasks.

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