Disruptive Innovation at HOBY
Technology Implementation Plan
- First Phase
- Gather information
- Call other seminar sites
- Collect information about benchmarks to be hit
- Develop strategy to achieve benchmarks
- Second Phase
- Analyze information
- Hold staff training
- Investigate setbacks at conference
- Make change to new technology
- Third Phase
- Hold staff meeting to decide what went well
- Decide on improvements for next seminar in 2017
- Continue implementation through next year
- Make sure everyone becomes comfortable with new technology
The first phase of my implementation plan for the ActiveCollab program involves letting people know about the change to be done. I want to contact other chapters of the HOBY organization and see how they are using this collaborative compliance software and how it is impacting their division of the organization. From this, we can see what levels of compliance they have achieved, where they want to go, and how exactly they want to get there. In the Louisiana chapter of HOBY, we have a 100 percent compliance rate going for each of the years that we started using this software program. They key problem is that even though ActiveCollab has been given and used throughout the organization, key problems still lie with human error involved in how benchmarks are being hit. In Louisiana, I am the primary user of the program and see it vital to our future. Even though I use it, it is still widely misunderstood in the program. I want to use this chance to change the minds of all involved about how to make an impact in our organization. I want to call the ActiveCollab facilitators in several other chapters to find out how they are using the program. From this, I can design and assess how effective their seminars are at compliance. This will give me a plan to use for phase two.
In the second phase, I want to take the information I received from the other chapters and use it to design a training program for how we could better use this technology in Louisiana. In this seminar season, we will have to achieve the same standards as before by using this collaborative software to achieve 100 percent results in our national record. In this part, I hope to have a staff training at out regional seminar this year in the hopes of educating our staff to better understand what we could be doing better. I will introduce the staff to this software program at the training and what the implications are for better using it to solve our logistical problems. This is they key point that we could do to “drive change.” It is at this stage that we would make the change to fully implement the software in our program. With this in mind, we could serve our ambassadors better by integrating our curriculum more fully into the national guidelines by making our logistical “housekeeping” functions better for our staff. From here, the “back of the house” would be nicer.
In phase three of this technology plan, I hope to make everyone comfortable with the change made to this new software and use it fully into the next seminar year. We will have to have lots of meetings and incorporate these new ideas into our seminar program next year. By achieving full effectiveness, we will have made our seminar even better for our “ambassadors” to come to. This technology plan will allow the HOBY organization to run better operations and to communicate more effectively with other chapters about what each one is doing. If there is one goal that I hope to achieve through this experiment, it would be that our data collected from this staff transition be used in other chapters of HOBY. If there is one thing that I learned from reading the Meeker Reports, Educational Technology Literature, and the Forbes article is that we already have good access to technology. The goal for us now is to use this effectively in our organizations. By making the compliance software process at HOBY better and transitioning to full implementation of the ActiveCollab program we can achieve better results for our ambassadors and all of the volunteers who help in our organization. The non-profit sector certainly could use this information, and I hope to bring that to our organization.