Software Implementation: Myth vs. Reality

By Tiffany Chepul

    Tue, Jan 22, 2019 @ 11:29 AM KPIs & Dashboards, Strategies for Growth, Accountable Leaders & Teams, Annual & Quarterly Planning, Strategy Execution

    Bringing Rhythm into your organization can be a big change. However, it’s the first step on an exciting Rhythm software implementation journey that will help you and your team build accountability, alignment and strong execution habits!

    You’re not alone - many companies have been right where you are. They are experiencing stalled growth, missed numbers, people and accountability issues - the list goes on. Many of them had the same question you do: “So I decided to get started with Rhythm - what happens next?”

    Below are a few common software implementation myths and how we help you avoid them:

    Myth #1: If We Buy It, They Will Come

    As with any new tool, buying it is just the first step. What happens next is key to whether Rhythm sinks or swims with your team. Successful teams using Rhythm have a deep understanding as to why they selected Rhythm as their new operating system. They have clear objectives and a shared purpose. They also work closely with their Rhythm Consultant and Onboarding Coach to set the dates regarding their implementation plan. Teams who follow their implementation plan and engage with their consultant have the fastest start. They get their Quarterly Plans recorded and Weekly Adjustment Meetings started using Rhythm fairly quickly.

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    Myth #2: Fire Hoses Put Out Fires

    Most of us have experienced drinking from a fire hose more than once - not a pleasant experience! When learning a new process and tool, a staggered approach is best. Most successful Rhythm companies start with just the executive team using the tool. After a quarter or two of getting really good with the methodology, habits, and tool, only then do they take it to the next level of the organization. A gradual process of implementation is best. Trying to onboard an entire organization at once will do more harm than good. Save the fire hoses for real fires!

    Myth #3: Training = Adoption

    Team Accountability is key when implementing any new system. You can require a team to complete a training course, but adoption is a completely different story. With Rhythm, team leaders who lead by example and hold their teams accountable see success. If a team leader is updating the status of their KPIs and Priorities, making Comments and using the tool weekly, the team will follow suit. If Rhythm is the tool used by the team leader to run the team’s Weekly Adjustment Meeting, it will be impossible for the team to not participate. Strong team leaders are imperative for high adoption.

    Myth #4: Osmosis Works

    Simple exposure to Rhythm methodology and tools is a great place to start. However, true mastery comes from a formal training process regarding Rhythm. Successful Rhythm companies have integrated Rhythm University and Certification into their new hire training programs. All new hires go through different levels of training, depending on their roles. When it comes to learning Rhythm, it’s unrealistic to expect people to “pick it up” as they go. Companies should be purposeful about teaching not only the practical aspects of Red-Yellow-Green, KPIs, Priorities, etc., but also why Rhythm is key to achieving the company’s long-term strategy.

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    Looking for more information to help get you started? Check out our additional resources:

    The ROI of Replacing Spreadsheets with Systems

    How top CEOs Close the Strategy Execution Gap

    Using Systems to Scale as Your Company Grows

    Spreadsheets vs. Dashboards: How Do You Know You've Outgrown Excel

    Popular Features to Help Hit or Exceed Your Growth Plan

    KPIs and Dashboards Provide a Clear View 

    Rhythm Systems KPI Resource Center

    See the Rhythm System in Action

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