Don’t try to do everything at go-live

Don't Try to do Everything at Go-live

When implementing a new AMS, there is a tendency to try to get everything done and "in the system" prior to go-live. After all, you've got this shiny new system with all kinds of new functionality. Why not go for it and have it do everything it can and have that all happen at go-live?

There are plenty of reasons not to do that, but one important one is this: The more you use the system, the more you'll know it and understand it, and the better your decision-making process will be about adding new features and/or processes.

For example, a client of mine was trying to decide whether or not to pay for some customization on their AMS to better manage fundraising. The baseline functionality was "just OK" but the client wanted more. After a long discussion about whether or not to pay for customization, my client said "How about we use the baseline functionality for now and see how it goes. Maybe we'll learn more about how the system works as we use it, and we'll find a better way to do it without having to pay for a customization."

Wise words!

It's literally impossible to know everything about your new software when you go-live. You will always learn more as you use the system. So as you make decisions about what should be available at go-live, consider those things that might make more sense to implement after you've been live with the new system for a while.

Even though it's new and shiny, not everything has to be ready at go-live.

Wes's Wednesday Wisdom Archives

More on Meetings

June 30, 2021

More on Meetings I’ve written before about the importance of making sure your meetings are …

More on Meetings Read More »

Action produces momentum

June 23, 2021

Action produces momentum Another great quote from James Clear: “Motivation often comes after starting, not …

Action produces momentum Read More »

My #1 Best Practice…

June 16, 2021

My #1 Best Practice… A client recently asked me: “If you had to pick a single …

My #1 Best Practice… Read More »

Encourage engagement with prizes!

June 9, 2021

Encourage engagement with prizes! One of the biggest challenges any organization faces when implementing a new …

Encourage engagement with prizes! Read More »

Inertia

June 2, 2021

Inertia One definition of inertia is “to remain unchanged.” My sense is that many association processes, projects, or …

Inertia Read More »

When’s the “least bad” time?

May 26, 2021

When’s the “least bad” time? When working with clients on a new project, especially a …

When’s the “least bad” time? Read More »

A poor launch can set the stage for YEARS

May 19, 2021

A poor launch can set the stage for YEARS It is not uncommon for me …

A poor launch can set the stage for YEARS Read More »

Have the courage of your convictions

May 12, 2021

Have the courage of your convictions Having the courage of your convictions means you’re willing …

Have the courage of your convictions Read More »

Even your online directory is out of date!

May 5, 2021

Even your online directory is out of date! Back in the day of printed directories, …

Even your online directory is out of date! Read More »

Start small

April 28, 2021

Start small When I work with my clients on projects that involve measuring member engagement, …

Start small Read More »

Scroll to Top