You know the ending of that blockbuster movie where the bad guys are finally destroyed, the president is saved, and all of the Executives start fist-pumping and high-fiving each other. That is what it’s like every time you implement new software. That’s why we all do it. That and the ridiculously high salaries, the fancy cars, and the award ceremonies
And then there is reality.
Nerds who implement software sometimes have that dream. They implement the solution according to plan, and very little goes wrong. It was on schedule, under or on budget, and everybody was happy, and then what? Well, often, in reality, there is no then what. There is only the subsequent implementation.
That is a mistake.
A Huge Mistake.
The moment that you don’t celebrate victories is the moment you don’t care. And the moment you don’t care is the moment it’s just a fucking job. But, most importantly, from our experience, Implementation consultants who don’t celebrate are on a path to burnout.
For some, that’s fine.
For others, there is always more.
More to do, learn, and care about — and those people need to celebrate.
Implementations, a core piece of digital transformation, are often bumpy. Implementing technical change is a constant sway of forward and backward steps, but when you get to the end, it’s rarely high-fives and fist-pumping. Instead, it’s usually the next gig.
Well, next time, make sure to celebrate. If you don’t celebrate, you are setting yourself up to only dwell on the missteps that inevitably will occur on the next implementation. Or on a past implementation.