How assembling a barbeque is like purchasing software (with less drama)


BBQ_Help.jpgIf you’ve assembled a barbeque with your partner, then you’ve probably quarreled over assembly instructions. A dispute over putting a barbeque together usually goes like this:

“That’s not where it goes. Why is it taking so long?” And the explosive, “That’s not what it says in the instructions.” As Franklin Roosevelt said, “there are as many opinions as there are experts.”

The same applies when it comes to making a decision about upgrading or purchasing new software. The piecing together is usually not done alone and everyone has an opinion on the outcome.

And this is when frustration sets in because those steaks in the fridge aren’t going to cook themselves, are they? To avoid another falling-out with your partner, I recommend the following:

1. Assign responsibility

Before the shopping stage, have a conversation with your employees about what you’re trying to accomplish and who is going to be in charge. If you’re the leader, communicate instructions and feedback to all involved. If you’re an observer, try not to criticize the leader. Unless of course, they’re on the verge of blowing up the house with the barbecue’s propane tank.

2. Follow a plan

A barbeque will run for years as long as the propane tank is filled and the grill is cleaned regularly. Continuing to run obsolete computer operating systems and other software can affect others on your network or even outside your local network.

Some things get better with age but computers and software are not one of those things. The longer you wait, the more likely you have to upgrade multiple versions or completely replace an operating system that is no longer supported.

3. Seek expert opinions

Many stores offer delivery and assembly services and if the price is right, I highly recommend you go for it. I speak from experience on this.

The same goes for your software purchase or upgrade. There are several consulting firms in Canada like Gradient Solutions that help with everything from going paperless to project management.

If all else fails, call an industry friend, someone you trust that can give you sound advice on what software did (or didn’t) work for them. They may not assemble your barbeque for you, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

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