For some of us, construction technology was the change we were born for. But the rest of us were dragged, kicking and screaming into software solutions and their subsequent upgrades. About the time we figure construction technology out, they change it again.
The FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) and its EDC-3 (Every Day Counts) initiative promotes construction technology. We need to facilitate “organizational buy-in” because there are fearful-of-change people at every level of our operations, from CEOs to benchwarmers.
InfoTech has managed construction technology software implementations for companies of every size. Their advice? “Think small.”
Efficient Project Management Begins with Small Steps
When introducing any type of construction technology to your team, avoid making grand assertions: “This is going to be huge! This will change everything!” When you present construction technology software as an improvement rather than a new way of doing something, you’ll generate greater acceptance and minimize concerns.
Other ways to introduce “new and improved” construction technology to your organization include:
- Avoid large assembly-hall training sessions – Think small groups and small sessions. The effectiveness of your construction technology can get lost in a mass presentation where a percentage of attendees can wander away, mentally and physically.
- Schedule a test drive – Rather than making a Big Announcement and declaring a date for Rollout (which can generate pressure on several levels), ask for volunteers to test a construction technology upgrade.
This is beneficial because:
- A “champion user” may surface, and that person can assume greater responsibilities for this construction technology.
- It creates interest among other employees and excitement when it’s rolled out to everyone.
- The test-drivers can become “trainers” for your new software.
- You’ll discover problems in a small setting rather than risk a company-wide crisis.
- You’ll get a preview of how your company groups will use the construction technology software. This prepares you for concerns and obstacles ahead of time.
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