Because our last article about cheap and rapid CRM implementation raised several questions from our readers (saving both time and money is grateful idea) we decided to come back to this topic again.
Instead of purchasing new information system for the whole company, paying license fees for all employees and spending months with demanding implementation it is often much more beneficial to start with agile CRM implementation in much smaller scale.
Agile CRM implementation principles
At first think about three most serious issues in your company that new CRM system can avoid (e.g. missing sales opportunity overview, not unified pricing conditions or lack of reporting).
Afterwards perform a brief CRM analysis focused only on departments, where these three issues happen and try to find out, how to remove them fast and efficient.
As soon as this analysis is finished, you can start with deployment of new CRM system. Don’t implement the whole set of features, but only those that will help your company in solving its three major issues.
Also avoid continuous changes in specification and adding new requirements, because they would only slow you down and you’ll have enough time and more experience to cope with them later.
Once the CRM is live for at least two weeks, you have tested and adjust its settings it’s time for its extension. Write down your next three business problems, make small analysis and start with the deployment again.
Benefits of Agile CRM deployment
Unlike the usual CRM implementation that lasts months or even years, you’ll get the first results just in few weeks after signing the contract. Breaking the project down into short and fast steps also simplifies end user training and reduces overall costs. Instead of paying for licenses for all users immediately after the contract is signed, you can gradually re-buy them in accordance with speed of your implementation.
Mistakes to avoid
The most common mistake during agile CRM implementation is lack of communication and cooperation with the vendor. That’s why you should develop an implementation framework right after signing the contract and make your provider familiar with your long-term CRM plans and strategy. Such approach allows him to better estimate the duration of whole project and help you prepare next steps.
Your company doesn’t need a complex information system with thousands of exceptions, difficult maintenance and limited upgrade options. By choosing an agile approach you simply avoid such scenario and can benefit from the CRM since the very beginning.
As one of our clients told us: Our company can’t wait two years for a luxurious Rolls Royce. We need a compact SUV right now. And what about you?