You have made your decision: You would like to deploy a visual management solution within your company! The promised benefits address exactly the management problems that you’re facing in your team. However, in the face of multiple market offerings, you do not know which partner to turn to. In this article, we will explain how to choose the wrong visual management tool for sure.
Lesson one: design your project poorly
Poor software choices are most often due to projects being poorly defined at the outset. It is imperative to evaluate fully your internal requirements. When a company sets about choosing digital visual management software, they often don’t take sufficient time to think it through.The priority is to deploy the tool quickly. And once the tool chosen and deployed, the company realises that it does not meet its requirements or expectations, resulting in disinterest for the solution chosen. To define your project properly, think in terms of digital transformation.
Lesson 2: do not do a POC (Proof of Concept)
Then carry out a POC (Proof of Concept) before deciding to work with a visual management partner. This allows you to confirm whether your choice of solution is the right one. And it is a good way to evaluate your relationship with your partner: Cooperation with your partner is essential for the success of your project.
Lesson 3: do not think in terms of overall company project
It is essential to involve the whole company in the project, notably top management and not only the department concerned. Difficult to run a significant digital transformation project without management. To succeed, the project must be fully integrated into
the company vision.
And you may need to display information from other departments. It is therefore important that all business areas are aware of the project. And finally, don’t forget that other departments face the same problems and may be interested in the solution that you are thinking of deploying.
Lesson 4: do not involve the IT department.
Another frequent error is not to involve the Information Systems department in the project. Many business areas think that they can implement visual management in their department without involving the IT department. Nevertheless, the IT department can support your search for an appropriate solution, help make data available and connect your business applications.
Lesson 5: choose the same software as your competitor
Once your project is defined, it is time to choose the right software. A frequent error is to choose the same solution as everyone else. That is not necessarily a good idea. First, it is not just because a solution is popular that it meets your requirements. And the visual management tool in question may not fit with your company problem or environment. Do not hesitate therefore to do your market analysis and meet several potential partners.
Lesson 6: get hung up about the choice of hosting
Many companies do not know what hosting solution to choose: Cloud (Saas) or (on premises) local server? Company policy is not clear about this? There’s no point getting stuck on this. Before anything else, start your POC (functional proof of concept) and involve your IT department, who will understand the choices in terms of hosting once you have defined your project and the POC done.
Lesson 7: choose a software editor who only supplies the software
Your visual management project could also fail because you do not have the right hardware. For instance, screens need to be large enough to display all the information clearly. You should therefore choose a partner who can accompany you for the duration of the project: Strategic impact, software solution, hardware, integration with the information system, deployment, etc.
Falling into any one of these traps can lead you to a dead end. Do not hesitate, therefore, to take the time to define your project and choose the most appropriate solution and partner.