WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT WEEK 5
Analyzing the project design for NAPI brought several strengths and weaknesses to the table for discussion. The design has been generated in order to integrate a new barcode function, which on the surface will provide greater efficiencies in accessing patient records. The barcode functionality appears to provide great flexibility in examining large amounts of patient information from multiple studies at a single time, which should assist the Sleep Specialists in their research. The design plan at its simplest form appears to be well constructed and thought out from the infancy stages of software design and testing through the training and implementation phases.
In determining the strengths of this design there are several that should be elaborated upon. The greatest strength of the design is the training program, which starts at the top and trains management, who then train their respective employees or sections. This type of training is text book and is generally regarded as an appropriate and effective means of training the workforce on a new task. It is also important to train the managers first so that they retain or gain respect from their employees/teams pertaining to their competence on the subject matter.
The next aspect of the design program, which is considered a strength is the implementation of each wing at a time. Through staggered implementation, more resources can be contributed to each individual wing, so that they have an adequate amount of support to implement the upgrade successfully. It also allows management to isolate possible glitches or problems on a smaller scale (individual wing) as opposed to implementing all wings at once, which generally creates to some degree additional problems.
The distribution of coaches among the wings to assist with training and trouble shooting is also a strong point to this design....