I'm preparing for my ELUNA 2019 Annual Meeting presentation on project management and the ILS migration to Alma. These are some thoughts that have come to me during this work.
The spring 2019 publication of Antonio Nieto's The Project Revolution was well-timed for me. Nieto provides some excellent perspective on the increasing importance of projects (relative to operations) in enabling an organization to meet its goals. It's a nice starting point for many of the points that I intended to talk about prior to reading his book.
The ILS to Ex Libris Alma migration projects have a distinct vendor-customer relationship. While Ex Libris Professional Services provides overall management of the migration process, local project management is essential in order to achieve the best outcome. A good example, from the ILS to Alma migration, is training. While Ex Libris supported kickoff training, product certification training, and topical trainings during the migration periods (which were six months in length for the consortium migrations in 2013-2015), the Orbis Cascade Alliance needed to support a great deal of training in the areas of consortium borrowing and resource management (including the use of OCLC Connexion and Alma for resource management).
I'd love to broaden engagement in the library technology domain with the Project Management Institute. I'm saddened by the apparent lack of library technology leaders and managers participating in PMI and holding PMI certifications. PMI's membership model is based on the individual not organization, which presents a bit of a challenge in terms of library adoption of the PMI standards and use of its training and template resources. I won't consider the session a success unless some of the attendees engage with PMI after the Annual Meeting.
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