Sunday, 13 August 2017

Inform - Educate - Entertain

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Few people will have by now, not heard of GDPR, the new data legislation due early in 2018. Clients in socialhousing as well as a number of suppliers are asking me about it. So I will be devoting a short series of blogs about it.

GDPR is becoming a bit like the Millennium Bug. The rash of seminars for £350 who will help read the planned legislation to you, reminds me of a previous age, when we had hand driers, plastered with ‘Millennium Compliant’ stickers, costing £12 a time. It’s a wee goldmine for some!

Too big to slot into one single blog, I will be looking to touch on some of the key areas of GDPR, we should be thinking about. Brexit will not change it and I feel we should not waiting for, or expecting our ICT suppliers, to be solving all our problems around it.

The first thing to consider, is how all our decision makers are being informed on how the law is changing. Communication is key. GDPR will affect all staff and good leadership will be essential.

Knowing the extent of how the changes will affect your organisation, is a wise move. Create an inventory of all the personal data being held. Once that has been determined, document carefully its source, and more importantly everyone that data is currently shared with. When this changes in the future, we need to revise our inventory accordingly. Fail to do so, and problems may result. Consider undertaking a formal information audit.

Current privacy notices and procedures, should also be reviewed. A clear plan and intention to make necessary changes, in a timely manner will be needed, to get this in time for GDPR implementation. Ensure it is on your SMT or board radar, to ensure proper priority to be applied.

Individual rights are a key element of the changes. Review and check your procedures, to ensure you are aware of the individual rights of your customers, users and others. Know how you will be able to delete (all) information held if needed, or produce information electronically conveniently, in a suitable format. Twitter do a good job of this already. My archive is over 30mb



I will be covering more aspects of the GDPR in my next blogs, this being one of the most important changes, affecting Social Housing currently.  


Related Post: Fooled already when procuring software? Don't be next time 



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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Do It Yourself

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Last week I was reading the July 2017 edition of Housing Technology magazine.

Interestingly it had articles that extolled the go-live virtues of HMS packaged solutions (4 supplier success stories) and also big ERP (1) at Sanctuary Housing. Strangely, on page four there was also a success story, from a 12,000 home landlord who had gone it alone, DIY just like the old days, how we used to do it.

It was very interesting to read Lawrence Gardner’s article and to hear about the journey he has taken the Wrekin on, for the last five years. I am sure it can feel quite good to have broken free from the shackles of your software suppliers and can dedicate resource to the specific issues being encountered, rather than waiting for ‘Roadmap Enhancements’ to be delivered. Lawrence did not outline what software tools, over just five years it had been developed in, with just 11.5 man years. Clearly Telford rather than Hanoi or Bangalore, is where certain key HMS software providers, should be cutting their code.

My experience of developing a rich HMS solution at my old shop, between 2004-2008, was about 26 professional developers beavering away for about 4 years. That’s 104 person years in Microsoft VB6 technology. We might assume the Wrekin have not developed this in .net. Few clues here then, for any of the UK’s 300+ RSLs/RPs, to pick over, to replicate this themselves. The Wrekin have got previous form on the product front however, if anyone remembers the Hand-e-work solution. Possibly speculating, ‘Hand-e-Housing’ may be released in the coming months. Watch this space.

However, I have had lots of chats over the years with many clients, who have wanted to consider building a HMS from scratch. They often ask, “How difficult can it be?”, “It’s just people and properties isn’t it?”. I have also had that conversation with one client who had their own in-house housing system up until about 7 years ago and after having a (mainstream HMS) package for a while, were considering building one again.

I asked, “Why did you abandon your last in-house HMS then?”. The reply was that it fell behind with needs of the housing team, regulator, returns/KPIs and was poorly documented, so vulnerable to key staff leaving/retiring too. They clearly did not have 104 person years to chuck at it either, so it would have been a pretty basic solution, at best. Understandably, a (sensible) decision was made to select another packaged HMS.

There are alternatives out there as well as DIY, MS Dynamics CRM, ERP from a number of sources, as well as the usual packaged HMS solutions. Each come with their own risks, costs and anticipated richness of functionality. That latter deliverable is perhaps easier to evaluate with a package solution, less so on a project involving much faith and trust, based on high hopes and often extravagant sales promises.

When you are using an external software supplier, at least (as some RSLs & Housing Groups) are finding, you can always dig out the contract and with some assistance, take them to/threaten a trip to court for damages. Bear in mind it would be very hard to do that with your own ICT team, if they didn’t manage such a good job of the deliverables, as the Wrekin.

Related Post: Dont leave documenting your in-house ICT solutions, it soon could be too late!  


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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Don’t Leave

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In marketing courses, its nailed home that new customers cost about twenty times as much to acquire, as retaining existing happy ones. Any sales people who forget that, would be better looking for an alternative vocation.

Suppliers who are lucky enough to have their customers engage me to improve their systems and applications, generally have an opportunity to fix problems, before a client just jumps ship, to a perceived better supplier. If you are a bit down in the dumps with your supplier and their performance, its maybe easier to see greener grass elsewhere. However, my advice is not to throw the baby out with the dishwater!

It always baffles me why suppliers often have such terrible account management. A good trusted friend of mine once said that after agonising about the costs of account management, they decided that for the job of retaining satisfied customers, it was a price they had to come to terms with. Poor account management is an open goal to competitors.

I had a funny experience a few months ago, when one supplier went out of their way to give me a great story about how sales were up, all recent implementations were kosher, pigs were fed and all ready to fly. The strange thing was that earlier in the day, another supplier had informed me that they were expanding from one product to a full integrated one in one of their key regional customers, pushing out the current incumbent. Almost certainly the current incumbent knew on that day, but it was a total surprise that notice came to quit. In fairness, we do have our ears to the ground and little escapes us.

So, a great example of account management failure, I am sure you would agree. Something that should never happen if suppliers are well resourced and switched on. Ask yourself, how much love do you receive from account management? Do your suppliers care about your problems and inform you about improvements you can make use of?

Responsive suppliers make better suppliers. Think carefully before terminating those contracts however. If you are considering calling it a day with one of your suppliers, do get in touch. Always happy to facilitate some marriage guidance!

Related Post: Does your ICT team ever deliver anything on time? 


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Friday, 21 July 2017

Parallel Life

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As readers of this blog are aware, I get involved with a lot of procurements of Housing and Financial systems. Also on many occasions I get involved in project management or helping to recover/kick start stalled projects. For the later, in many cases these days, an old system is being replaced with a shiny new one. This we would hope is going to provide a step change in efficiency or customer service levels, or some other benefit.

The logical thing to do, you would have thought, is do a bit of parallel running, between changing systems. That would entail repeating work in two systems (old and new).

Surprisingly perhaps, I don’t think I have ever experienced anyone truly parallel running, across the 50 or more implementation projects, I have been involved with over the years. The reasons for that are the doubling of resources needed to get it right and the difficulty in being disciplined enough to carry it out in reality.

Inevitably, once a new system goes live, there is little chance of going back.

The practical alternative is to the classic parallel run, is to have great quality UAT (User Acceptance Testing), to conclusively prove as many core functions and processes as practical. For some clients, I have provided UAT build and monitoring support, to enable tightly controlled and well evidenced testing.
UAT in progress and some progress %ages
In some of my projects, when go-live has gone smoothly, with few issues, on more than one occasion, I have heard users and often managers saying, “I don’t know what the fuss with all the testing was about, it’s all gone smoothly!”. That kind of misses the point, as high-quality testing does reveal all the problems, that can be fixed prior to the go/no-go decision, a week or two before.

What does good quality testing look like then?

Well testing by actual users for a start. They will be at the sharp end using your new systems after all. Splitting testing into distinct areas helps, as does creating tests, where record ID’s of data created or accessed can/must be recorded, for easy evidencing. The UAT document can also allow links to processes, diagrams, videos or other documentation, to help testers to tackle each area.

Each test can generate issues and queries, as well as be stalled for fixes and re-tests. I usually structure my UAT’s, so it’s really easy to monitor progress.

Users who cheat while completing the UAT, cause problems later down the line with go-live or after.  I remember a project where a rent debit raise had apparently been tested, but caused an issue which meant that a whole housing association was without a system for a whole day. So, discipline is essential. While testing, users are using the skills gained during training too, which can only be good. Too much training occurs too early in projects, so can be of little use sometimes, once UAT occurs or go-live approaches.

Do bear some of the above points in mind. Feel free to contact me if you think you could use some help, around your new application/system UAT processes. Get them right, for more successful go-live.

Related Post: Is an app, what your residents need? 


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Friday, 7 July 2017

Don’t Let Efficiencies Pass You By


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One of the primary laws of efficiency is do it once, do it right., have the information available to all who need it. Ask yourself, does this always happen in your organisation? If not, you are clearly doubling up effort, or creating waste during the delays created around hand-offs and hand-overs that inevitably happen.

The ultimate handover was in use between about 1920 and 1990, when many organisations had a concept called the ‘Typing Pool’. It was quaint, I will give you that. Also, because of the gender politics of those places, sexist. Here’s one below:



Staff (most likely men without an ‘assigned secretary’), would bring in handwritten notes, or a Dictaphone tape, for typing up, or from the early 1980’s consumption as ‘data entry’. Commonly this latter phenomena was known as ‘Key To Disk’. In my technician apprenticeship, I encountered this at GEC at Higher Openshaw Manchester. Actually, lord Arnold Weinstock’s fiefdom was the ‘General Electric Company’, although to many it was colloquially known as the ‘Go Easy Club’, sitting out another decade or so for a decent pension. But I digress…

I often encounter many processes where person A, takes notes on site, brings them into the office a day or more later, putting them in the tray of person B, who eventually does the original promised task, such as logging a workflow task, repair or initiating some other action.

Now just imagine if that was a note of rubbish to be cleared and it took three, maybe four days to action. That might cause the original resident who raised the image, to create a waste call into our service centre asking why your organisation is not on to it. There’s £6-10 of waste.

Now what if someone else had logged that request to clear the waste between those 3-4 days and it had been cleared already? Then in 4 days, we logged it again and on the Works Order, there was nothing to do. There we have  wasted probably another£30 on travel and time the operative or contractor, could have completed a more productive job.

By now the penny might have dropped, dear reader.

Empowering the original person in the chain to record the ‘transaction’ or ‘interaction’ as early as possible, is the way to grab those potential efficiencies by the nuts. Now that might mean giving those staff the right technology. In an ideal world, it might be a dedicated mobile forms solution. At worse it might be a full office solution (like access to a full Housing Management System), via Citrix or Thin Client on a 3G/4G connected laptop/tablet. Now the latter is clunky, needs an always on connection, there’s lots not convenient with it. However, the extra perseverance of that user, in logging that issue early, on that kit, may save 100-2,000% of that effort in follow-on costs.

Motivation needs to be provided, to that front line end user. Communication and training. Perhaps performance can be measured based on a number of the factors below:
•    Speed of logging issues directly into the system (i.e. logging WO’s, tasks etc)
•    Reduction in mileage claims
•    Increase in scheme/close visits
•    Increase in satisfaction levels in those schemes/closes
•    Decrease in complaints
•    Decrease in waste calls, coming into service centre etc.

There may be many more metrics you could dream up, in addition to these, I am sure.

To change cultures, it needs setting of targets, monitoring of performance, then use of carrots or sticks. Could these metrics be linked to bonus or annual salary increases? If not could they be linked to an organisational culture change, based on a well-coordinated communication plan?     

Is it time you stopped your internal efficiencies, passing you by chum?

Getting data correct is more a cultural than an ICT challenge. If you think I can help you with that challenge, please be in touch. http://acutanceconsulting.co.uk/acutanceconsultancy.htm  

Related Post: How up to date is your self-service? 


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Saturday, 1 July 2017

My Mistakes Were Made For You

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Do you make mistakes?

It’s a bit of a trick question in a way, as being human, we are fallible and mistakes are actually something we all do. How we manage or learn from them is really the key. Best selling authors have made fortunes writing and creating methodologies around that whole concept

Putting our mistakes aside for a moment, focus now on ones that create problems in organisational data. So often detail data brings down a lot of KPI’s and returns. Slow or missing repair order updates can distort performance. Poor void processes can exaggerate the cost of empty properties and boost average void days. A key SocialHousing KPI yardstick. I am sure you and fellow colleagues may know of many more local ‘hobby-horses’.

I was involved in a session with a group looking at better KPI’s and summary reporting quite recently. Not surprisingly some of those very problems came up.

If you were in a ‘Reporting’ or ‘Performance & Quality’ team, the first reaction I am sure, is to ‘fix the data’. I mean, who would want to report an average void turnaround of 14.5 days, when you knew sensibly that it was nearer ten days? That is what in many places, actually happens.

Bad data is filtered out, often users are chased to sort the data, so another cut can be taken. Your KPI team get there in the end. In many situations, the KPI team ‘fix’ the data, so the results look more like reality, or at least somewhat better.

In my world, I am unsure that is really the best strategy.

Like a teenager, who has his room tidied by their mother, rather than taking pride in it themselves, the problem gets moved upward. If your data is massaged by your KPI team, those users will never understand the value of getting data right, in a timely manner. The only way our staff will understand the value of data and getting it accurate, as much as possible, is that their own problems/errors are passed back to them to correct every time. Of course, after they have been educated in why getting it right is so crucial. 

A good example I saw a few months ago is poor data recorded when signing up and starting tenancies. Taking the default DOB (‘date of birth’ to you none hipsters..), as todays date in many (un-helpful) systems, to apply to the tenant (or joint tenant), causes all kinds of issues. Also setting the wrong member of the household, as the key contact. I have seen DLO staff, looking for primary school children to sign jobs off, on the doorstep. Wrong on too many levels to list here.

Can you guess how the above problem was solved?

Well, rather than the performance team defaulting ages to 18 if under, consider for a moment that legally, none of our tenants should be under 18, the fixes were pushed to the staff that got them wrong. If they had some to address, they got them daily by email, and it was explained to them why they received this stuff. The inference was that if you get it right first time, you will not be clearing it up later.

The truth to be communicated is that we are paid to be responsible, accurate and record stuff that all our colleagues will find useful and in many cases essential. That’s what we are all paid for, people. If that all goes into coherent systems, then maybe the KPI folk can just take a data cut on the 5th of the month, every month and that will reflect where our organisation is actually at.

Getting data correct is more a cultural than an ICT challenge. If you think I can help you with that challenge, please be in touch. http://acutanceconsulting.co.uk/acutanceconsultancy.htm  


Related Post: Should your projects be a race or a marathon? 



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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Chatterbox

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As already explored previously in this blog  , I experience different reactions to webchat. Some organisations love it, others shun it, as it’s not really channel shift.

Sometimes the webchat experience is very good and the customer (or prospect) receives their advice in a timely way. On other occasions, it can be a bit like the disjointed one below.


You can see how webchat using customer services operators, can fall well short.

That’s why webchat is becoming superseded by the chatbot.

At this point, I would ask if you are in customer services, it’s worth taking a comfy seat, for reading the remainder of the blog.

Chatbots are becoming widespread in the states. In fact a colleague was telling me that when hiring a car, (or rather an automobile) recently, a break-down was dealt with fully just by chatbots. It worked well for him too.

Chatbots are coming here. In their simplest form, they are computer programmes that can talk for your organisation, in a limited context. They use artificial intelligence (AI) and are generally designed to be self-learning.

Context is important, as it accurately targets the useful zone of engagement. Readers familiar with Red Dwarf and the Talky Toaster, will understand what I mean. Imagine such a machine, just able to talk about toasting crumpets, bagels, waffles and rolls, and that being the machines’ only programmed purpose in life.

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A useful chatbot, will chat about services, products and customer’s needs. The first one to emerge in the UK, for active use is at Enfield Council. It’s called Amelia. Cunningly named down the early end of the alphabet, like Amazons Alexa, it is designed to have many thousands of conversations, simultaneously.

Here she is, made digital pixelised flesh.



It will be used to help residents find information online and fill in forms, guiding users through a chat feature on their computer screen. For the moment, any questions Amelia cannot answer will be referred to a human colleague.

Amelia will be able to learn however.

It is said to be 60 percent cheaper than using a human worker, although the council has not divulged how much has been paid for the software. Enfield council are facing budget cuts of £56m over the next four years and has made nearly 350 redundancies in the past year.

This might be the development that has one of the widest effects on so many customer service teams and departments, in the coming years. With webchat we were playing with the future, chatbots will be most likely be AI replacing customer service bums on seats.

It will be interesting how this all unfolds, as costs plummet. Read more on Amelia at Enfield here.

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