Slate Implementation Phases
Preparation: The journey to a successful Slate implementation begins with meticulous planning. This foundational phase is pivotal, comprising three essential steps:
- assembling your Slate team
- ensuring comprehensive team training
- thoroughly documenting your existing operational processes
These steps are crucial for aligning your team, stakeholders, and the overall database, providing a solid foundation for the implementation and future expansions.
Roadmap: Once your team is formed, trained, and has a clear understanding of current processes, it's time to engage with the Slate Roadmap. This Roadmap serves as a guide, outlining the key components to be implemented in the ensuing phase. It's a strategic exercise where your team prioritizes the essential elements required for go-live, distinguishing between what's necessary at the outset and what can implemented at a later time. This review culminates in a tailored project plan sculpted from your unique version of the Roadmap, ensuring a focused and efficient implementation.
Implementation: The implementation stage includes designing, building, and going live with your Slate database. Your trained core team meets regularly to discuss progress on action items, conduct testing, and evaluate functionality. This phase includes configuring the system to meet your institution's specific needs and requirements, such as setting up custom data fields, forms, workflows, and integrations with other systems. You will repeat this cycle as you launch Slate processes, add end-users, and enhance automation.
The implementation phase is where your vision starts to take shape. It encompasses the design, construction, and launch of your Slate database. During this stage, your core team, armed with insights from their training, convenes regularly to monitor progress, test, and iterate. This process involves customizing Slate to fit your institution's unique needs and demands, from custom data fields and forms to workflows and system integrations. As you progress, you'll introduce new processes, onboard end-users, ensuring Slate evolves in alignment with your institutional goals.
- Year One & Beyond: Post-launch spans the first year and beyond and is characterized by ongoing team coordination, timeline management, and the achievement of functional objectives. As you operationalize new processes in Slate, its influence broadens, reaching additional departments and enriching business procedures. Continuous management of Slate involves refining workflows, data objects, and automation strategies. Moreover, persistent training and user support are vital for maximizing the utility of Slate. Engaging with the Slate community, exchanging best practices, and participating in advanced courses in Learning Lab is instrumental for sustained growth and innovation.
This strategic approach to implementing Slate ensures a successful deployment and fosters a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration, setting the stage for long-term institutional advancement.