Changing Tools? Here’s Some Free Advice That’s Paid For

Feb 11, 2011   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Professional Development  //  2 Comments

imageIs your project suffering?  Are people struggling with their current toolset?  If they haven’t had training in the tool ("I’ve been modeling for 40 years; I don’t need training" or "There’s documentation; I’ll read it someday"), changing tools isn’t going to help solve the problem.

If your process is broken, if your resources are lacking training in the tool, let me do the math for you:

New Tool +
Broken Process +
Lack of Training =

Old Problem with a New Notation


I should also mention that switching tools to try to fix a process, people, or training problem will lead to:

  • Project delays
  • Increased project risk
  • Increased budgets
  • Decreased productivity
  • Decreased confidence in IT
  • Decreased team morale

If you don’t fix your process, people, or training issues, all the tools in the world aren’t going to provide benefits you think you are going to get.

You are most welcome.


  • I like this. Short, sweet and to the point.

  • Quite true.

    However, there are ways to shake things up without major investments:
    – Work on standards/procedures as a team
    – Establish peer review process
    – Occasionally swap projects

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