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Magic Ingredient for Teams Adoption Success

Is your organization adopting teams? Read our blog to learn about the often overlooked but powerful magic ingredient to any successful Teams roll-out.

In our commitment to be all things Teams, we have built a practice dedicated entirely to Adoption & Change Management. In our methodology we subscribe to a process that takes our clients through three phases:

  • Phase 1: Envisioning
  • Phase 2: Onboarding 
  • Phase 3: Driving Value

Skipping any one of these steps can hamper your results, but in our experience above all else, envisioning is important for the long term, broad organizational success of teams. So why do so many organizations skip the envisioning process and just "turn it on"? 

But why?

Mainly, because there is a lot of confusion around what envisioning means, and furthermore, what goes into it.

Envisioning Definition: 


Envisioning is a much cooler (thanks marketing) term for planning. To complete the envisioning phase, you should have a detailed plan for: Change Scope & Objective, Prioritization of Scenarios & Personas, Stakeholder Engagement, Communications, Training, Measurement, and Enforcement. 

What about this magic ingredient? 


While there are many steps in the envisioning phase, we think that magic ingredient is identifying and prioritizing business scenarios. It is this step in the process that makes it real for both teams and individuals in your organization, because it makes it real and helps them see the benefits in their every day work. 

What are business scenarios?


They are targeted goals that you want to achieve as a team or individual. Identifying and defining your business scenarios translates to how Teams (or any new technology) can address challenges and achieve business goals.

As you identify your business scenarios keep the following best practices in mind:

  • Meet with people throughout your organization, including department stakeholders, project managers, and champions.
  • Ensure business scenarios tie into existing initiatives that your organization strives to accomplish.
  • Define clear business scenarios of which you can effectively measure success and realize tangible results.
After identifying the business scenarios, define them! What are the important business objectives and challenges, and start to recognize areas of opportunity to improve work processes. As you drive these conversations, consider the following questions:
  • What are some of the organization’s (or team’s) challenges or pain points related to communication and collaboration?
    What are the areas in which your organization (or team’s) would like to improve?
  • What are the organization’s (or team’s) strategic initiatives or current transformation projects that Teams can support?
  • What are some of the factors that would help drive the business scenario forward?

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Want help putting it all together? AMTRA works with clients across all three Phases, and has the templates, tools, training and deep understanding of the best practices to help you with a successful Teams adoption.

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