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Chapter 1: Knowing What to Do

Chapter 2: Knowing What You Need

Chapter 3: Knowing What You Have

Chapter 4: Knowing What to Get

Chapter 5: Knowing How to Implement Your Solution

How Do You Implement the Solution?

How Do You Assemble Your Implementation Team?

How Do You Develop a Project Plan?

What Do You Need to Do to Choose and Prepare a Site?

How Do You Make Sure Your System Works?

How Do You Convert From Old Information Systems?

How Do You Implement the Changeover of Information Systems?

How Do You Arrange for the System Handover?

Chapter 6: Knowing How to Train Users

Chapter 7: Knowing How to Support and Maintain Your Technology Solution
Chapter 5: Knowing How to Implement Your Solution

How Do You Implement the Solution?
There is no "canned" plan for implementation that will apply to all cases. The specifics of what must be done and what constitutes a reasonable schedule for doing it, depend to a great extent on the choices you have made with regard to computer hardware, software packages, instructional applications, custom products and network linkages, as discussed in Chapters 3 and 4. In addition, your plan will reflect the scope of your project, whether it's clusters of computers in a classroom, a computer lab with stand-alone machines or a fully networked building, campus or school district.

Implementation project plans will be specific to your circumstances; therefore, the focus of this chapter will be on key activities that are critical to a successful implementation process, as well as the importance of project management and monitoring.

Though the implementation process is just one phase in the overall process of putting solutions in place, it's very useful - even essential - to treat it as a self-contained project, just as you did with the needs assessment. Once viewed this way, you can apply project management rules and practices to it.

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