The Best Laid Plans… Part 1

November 4, 2014

Shoulda. Woulda. Coulda.


I know.

You owned the decision about an HCM platform selection – or a subset.

Two years out – not happening.
Stakeholders (we will come back to them) do not see anything in them – in it. Leaving you more or less hanging out to dry in a breeze you no longer appreciate. More like a harsh wind from the North – last year’s Polar Vortex.

So – what happened?

Lots of reasons:
Depends on why you started. Or what you did once you started. Or how you continued once you started.
There is a lot in all of that.

For example:
I made Beef Tartar the other day. I chose the best Triple AAA Beef (guaranteed Sushi grade) to ensure that no one (and I mean no one) would have any grounds to complain about the integrity of the food.

I prepared it in the traditional French style – with minced shallots and garlic, capers, herbs Provençal, diced cornichons, salt and pepper (as I prefer – slightly under emphasized because it is easier to add than take away) – all mixed/chopped together (not pureed) and served with a raw quail egg on top.

I thought this was going to be a hit.

No one ate it.

Even though the dish was surrounded with home-made and oven-baked gluten free bread crackers.

Turned out that my steakholders (I mean stakeholders) were vegetarians. Or Vegans. Or just did not like Suchi. Or raw meat. Or the thought of raw egg.
Guess I should have checked before going to all the expense and effort (although the La Cream seemed to be thoroughly enjoyed).
Don’t imagine they will be very excited about my next dinner.

Back to the top…
Why are we doing what we are doing? And who is it for? And do we really understand what they need?

…to be continued…

Brian Kimball

About Brian Kimball
Brian has over 20 years of expertise in the Human Resources domain including over 15 years in systems development and implementation. Since he stated with HRchitect in 2000, Brian has led project management, functional consulting and training responsibilities in over 75 Applicant Tracking system evaluations and implementations. He is well versed in all aspects of the HR domain, including Applicant Tracking, Talent Management, Workforce Management, and the related technologies.
In his current role at HRchitect, Brian manages the firm’s HCM systems implementation services teams and leverages his extensive implementation expertise to develop HRchitect’s proprietary implementation methodologies and mentor his team. Brian’s expertise in managing and implementing HR systems has also resulted in numerous speaking engagements and published articles on how to successfully manage HCM technology projects. Brian enjoys the energy that comes from building something together with our consulting team and our clients that truly makes a difference within their organization. He feels that as a consulting organization we are able to bring a perspective to bear with our clients that is enabled by HRchitect’s continued commitment to vendor neutrality.
When Brian isn’t working with his teams or speaking on HCM implementation best practices, he enjoys cooking and experimenting with Fusion Cuisine as well as developing his own estate cidery in Winnipeg, Canada.