Process Improvement
Traci Deveau
February 26, 2015

A Change Would Do You Good

Change

How many times in the last few years (be honest) have you been involved in an HR project to identify something…a process, a model, a technology, a strategy to improve overall performance? How many times has that project been put on hold due to funding, resources, lack of leadership backing, or something else? And how many times has the broken inefficient process just continued? Does it all stem from a poorly supported or drafted business plan? In truth there are a hundred reasons why a project doesn’t come to fruition. But one stands above them all.

A change would do you good, yet your business won’t successfully change or evolve when the PROCESS continues to be broken.


Traci Deveau
January 13, 2014

RFP Hell

RFP = Request for Proposal

RFI = Request for Information

RFQ = Request for Quote

So you want to create an RFP for your human resources (HR) project huh? Really? Why? I find it funny that so many companies are putting HR projects out for an RFP without a clear goal in mind. I mean, essentially they all have the same goal overall, don’t they…to get the best solution at the lowest possible cost. But, shouldn’t there be a higher objective? Shouldn’t the goal be to determine how each vendor matches up against the unique requirements of your organization? Shouldn’t there be at least one SPECIFIC goal that means something to your company?  What are you REALLY trying to accomplish? Certainly it isn’t to


Traci Deveau
August 22, 2013

Based on my years of professional experience in HR technology and implementation in particular, I’d like offer some thoughts on why software implementations fail.

 

In my opinion, the reason many implementations fail is actually two-fold. Either the process is made unnecessarily complicated and weighed down by bureaucracy or the overall project isn’t given enough merit and by that I mean not having the right team members in place, adequate time devoted to the project, clear cut objectives, a lack of strategic planning, and finally often saddled with a deadline that prohibits success.

 

The dreaded over complicated project typically drags on endlessly, is often over complicated by a series of scope calls where no one makes strategic decisions without a series of sub-meetings and second guessing. These implementations often have too many team members involved in the process which


Dwane Lay
May 8, 2012

 

I love Cake. And while that is true in many different ways, I’m not speaking today about the icing delivery system we all know so well. Instead I’m referring to the band whose most popular song, “Short Skirt, Long Jacket,” you’ve probably never heard.  What I really dig about them, though, is their selection of covers across their albums. War Pigs (yes, the old Black Sabbath song, Ruby (yes, the old Kenny Rogers song), I Will Survive (yes, the old Gloria Gaynor song) and Mahna Mahna (yes, the old Muppets song) are all served up in new ways.

 

Covers aren’t easy to pull off.  If you start with a great tune, you can either try to copy the original or do something new with it.  If the tune is weak, you have to save it from itself.  A


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