I just finished an educational session for my friends over at Master Builders of Iowa.
This was the second of a two-part series on technology in Construction. The session was entitled “Change Management: Using Technology and Best Practices to Improve Bottom-line Results.” The program was for MBI members and it was delivered remotely. I had actually been in Des Moines a few weeks ago for MBI’s Technology Subcommittee doing a talk on IT trends in construction. The program was relatively new (developed last year), and has been tested out a few times. The reception to this material seems to be quite good as organizations are struggling with bringing about change to their processes and systems. It is difficult for many companies to make good technology decisions and then when they do, it can be frustrating to find their organization reluctant to adopt. At the program, we covered some of the reasons why new technology adoption can be difficult and how to spot symptoms of “broken” processes in a company. After spending some time on diagnostics, we moved on to organizational dynamics, like executive sponsorship, the role of the business analyst, and the evolving role of IT. Most of the program was spent on examining how to design ideal processes to be efficient and provide necessary control. We also looked at several technologies that can help streamline processes like middleware, no-code/low-code solutions, and ECM technology. It was a brisk presentation and a lot of ground was covered. There were a few really salient questions at the end from the member-attendees. This talk is available to other associations.
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