This approach has several advantages over a traditional ‘big bang’ approach to systems implementation:
Delivers value much earlier through quicker deployment of the software.
Enables people to learn and adopt new processes more easily, spreading out change over time.
Builds momentum for ongoing process improvements, as users and executives experience the value of the system and provide feedback for the next deployment step.
Keeps tight control of implementation cost and schedule.
Each release is normally deployed incrementally, building on previously deployed functionality. Each release typically takes between 4 and 12 weeks to deploy, depending on scope and complexity
Just as with stage-gate, we conduct a gate review with the client after each release, to confirm that objectives have been met, identify any actions to ensure benefits delivery, and obtain approval to start implementing additional releases, as required.