AIMS is entering a new stage in the development process called the ‘hardening cycle,’ which immediately raises questions as to exactly what this involves. Thinking in terms of setting concrete, the goal of the hardening cycle becomes clearer.
“It’s common for people to assume that the AIMS Benefits Realization team is somehow related to employee benefits, but it’s not,” noted Nancy Kulbida, Benefits Realization Analyst. “The benefits we are looking at relate to the success of the AIMS project in reaching identified goals.”
At a recent Supply Chain design workshop, Jen Diemert, Planning and Supply Chain Coordinator, discussed common Supply Chain challenges. “People often think of big ticket items like hospital equipment or pharmaceuticals as being the focus of Supply Chain, but things like cotton balls and small bandages are just as essential come flu shot season. If you don’t have them, then it’s a problem.”
If you have travelled extensively, you’ll know how difficult it can be when language differences keep people from communicating effectively. Even regional dialects can aggravate the problem. You can often decipher the message by flipping through a multilingual dictionary, but it takes time and effort. Without being able to speak a common procedural language across the province, our financial reporting faces many of the same difficulties.
The Deliver phase is about developing a software solution in a series of six, four-week sprint cycles over a period of 32 weeks. In each sprint, the project team will build, test and revise pieces of the final product. This ‘agile’ development achieves the goal of a coordinated software solution in quick cycles that encourage repeated refinement. Bit by bit, an end-to-end user experience develops with considerable evaluation along the way.
Over the initial phase of the project, the Administrative Information Management System (AIMS) project teams focused on determining the features of a business management solution that would meet the needs of the provincial health system.
A dozen eggs are good, a dozen doughnuts even better, but a dozen former regions with approximately 82 non-integrated business systems is not quite as positive. Thereby, making the point that more is not always better.
Saskatchewan is home to 1.164 million people, spread over 651,900 square kilometres. It’s a large land mass, with people distributed across the entire province. Healthcare reaches into every corner, as do healthcare workers. How do you train people on new technology when there are so many diverse locations and needs?
There are few words that can be as unsettling to some, as the word “change.” It’s the unknown that people most often find disturbing, raising the question of how change will affect the way they do their daily work.
Imagine a situation where you need to understand your household budget, but your cash is stashed in a sock and your monthly payables are on pieces of paper distributed evenly between your den and the glove compartment of your car.
Hellen Keller once said “A bend in the road is not the end of the road… Unless you fail to make the turn.” That’s why the Administrative Information Management System (AIMS) project has a team dedicated to Organizational Change Management (OCM), which is an area of specialization that looks at the people side of change management particularly as it relates to new business processes.
The Administrative Information Management System (AIMS) project is launching a new website to share news on the latest information on the project, including next steps toward achieving a single administrative system for better human resources, finance and supply chain management.
AIMS is essentially about people and creating tools to make their work easier, providing employees with faster, more convenient service and about employers being able to make better informed business decisions.