How to build a framework for changing your engineering workflow and adopting machine-prescribed designs

Simply put, change is hard. In a business environment with customer requirements for faster deployments and reduced costs, along with more complex technologies and hardened available staff, the path to change seems inconceivable.  Yet, survival requires change. 3-GIS | Prospector planning and design applications can deliver the change you desire, and will address speed, costs, complexity, and resource issues. To help you make the change, we are sharing the six steps we have learned from experience implementing a human-in-the-loop network engineering process that combines 3-GIS | Prospector with network design engineers.

1. Show and tell
The cornerstone of change framework is seeing 3-GIS | Prospector in action. Schedule a 3-GIS Human-in-the-Loop (HitL) presentation and product demonstration. See also, the online resources we have available on our website in our Resources area and Augmented Design Services page.

2. Tap into expertise
Hold a team meeting to share experiences, hunches, and ideas about using 3-GIS | Prospector in a HitL workflow and relate it to a specific project.

3. Take time to talk
Give your stakeholders in the current workflow time to process new ideas and information. Ask 3-GIS for references your team can speak with who have engaged in the same operational change. You can also refer to our website Resources page to read user stories.

4. Pre-determine your measurements
What is the measurement for the success of adopting a HitL process? If it is time, then establish the baselines in the current workflow and determine the methods for obtaining the HitL comparative. Set your measurements to step toward the achievement of your business goals.

5. Use a visual aid
Graphic representation helps guide and shape your team’s interpretation of machine-prescribed routing and designs in the workflow. It can help group discussions grasp concepts such as sequencing and cause and effect. From the 3-GIS website you can download our HitL infographic and view an annotated video.

6. Pause, assess, revise, re-do
When you engage with 3-GIS in your HitL workflow, create checkpoints. Use the reporting tools in the application to identify areas of concern. Use this to make informed decisions on refining rules, volumes, triggers, etc. and make your HitL results progressively better.

With all the pressures of meeting customer demands, there is a strong need for engineering managers to use and experiment with framework strategies. Creating a framework for implementing 3-GIS | Prospector into your network planning and design processes may take some pre-project time, but the end product will be of far greater quality and value to your ongoing business.

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