Competent leadership is the is the single most important criteria in selecting and using construction software successfully. Look for these qualities.
1.Experience in Software Implementation
Learning the ins and outs of software evaluation and implementation on-the-fly will jeopardize your initiative. That’s why your construction software champion must have prior experience evaluating and implementing software. Keep in mind that the scope of previous experience needed to make a sound decision increases with company size and complexity of operations.
2.Knowledge of Company Operations
Your construction software champion must understand how your company operates.
If he/she doesn’t, taking the time to learn the processes and operations well enugh to know what questions to ask vendors during demos is crucial.
3.Full Support from Management
Choose a construction software champion you can trust. Committing time and money to a complex evaluation, selection, implementation and training process is not a place for wishy-washy management that doesn’t fully trust their champion to complete the project successfully. When full support is provided to the champion, you won’t be tempted to pull the plug when the going gets rough (which almost always happens at some point in the project).
4.Respect of Peers
Without the respect and confidence of his/her peers, the construction software champion won’t get the cooperation needed to gather information and data to move to a new system. Choose a well-respected individual to lead your search and implementation.
5.An Advocate for Change
Most people don’t like change and implementing new software is about as traumatic as it gets for the company’s accounting, project managers and IT departments. Your construction software champion should have the skills to properly prepare and motivate personnel for change, while helping them feel less threatened by the new system. This requires sensitivity to people’s needs within the new software environment, as well as the ability to make the evaluation, selection and implementation of new software a team effort. Without a sense of participation, many employees will not “buy into” the new software and may even try, in subtle ways, to sabotage the initiative.
Tip: Your construction software champion is critical to a successful software implementation. He/she is the person with the most software experience and, once chosen, deserves full management support while leading to a final decision.