Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd.
The evaluation and planning work included a two phase project:
- Phase I: Assessment and Planning, with two key deliverables: Key Findings and Recommendations (completed in January 2004) and the Blueprint (completed in March 2004)
- Phase II: Implementation.
Subsequent to the adoption and approval of the full Blueprint, AECL hired Prescient Digital Media to examine and evaluate, and ultimately award and project manage the appropriate technology vendor to build and implement the new AECL intranet, myAECL.
Phase I: Assessment
Deliverable: Key Findings & Recommendation Report
Communications and Website Evaluation – using Prescient’s six-point methodology, the AECL intranet was evaluated and scored (scale of 1-10) according to the following criteria:
Planning & Resources
Tools & Innovation
Business Requirements Analysis – an analysis of the content requirements and priorities included one-on-one and group interviews of communications stakeholders (those who own and manage communications functions and/or key initiatives or departments). Key requirements were flagged as issues requiring recommendations or action in the final plan.
Employee Research – using business requirements and best practice research tools, Prescient constructed an employee survey of 25 multiple-choice, matrix and open-ended questions. Nearly 700 employees completed the survey, which was analyzed, cross tabulated by employee position and geographic location and cross-referenced with business requirements findings and the internal AECL Customer Satisfaction Survey.
Benchmarking – a formal identification, scoring and documentation of relevant employee communications and intranet best practices and documented case studies of a number of relevant or leading organizations including Bruce Power, Cisco, Fidelity Investments Canada, Maritime Life, Ontario Power Generation, IBM and Telus. Website case studies were scored according to the same evaluation criteria applied and compared to the AECL website for baseline comparison.
Phase II: Planning
Deliverable: Blueprint (intranet only)
Critical success indicators (performance measures)
Governance Model – using the business requirements analysis and the strategic directives the governance model defines roles and responsibilities and the decision-making process and high-level polices for content development and publishing, intranet development, and email use and distribution.
Functional Plan – a plan detailing the portal’s form and function with an accompanying information architecture and wireframes (page layouts).
Design – a design phase that builds on the existing AECL brand guidelines while accounting for all of the identified business requirements and subsequent information architecture. The design stage led to two rounds of design concepts that were tested in two employee focus groups before finalizing a single concept.
Marketing – using best practices and internal expertise Prescient developed an extensive marketing plan that included goals, approach, value proposition, key message, and detailed activities and vehicles with an associated timeline for educating employees on the intranet’s value and purpose to the organization.
- Developing the RFP and short-list of potential solutions
- Selecting and awarding the vendor contract
- Project management the implementation of the vendor
- Overseeing the development of the overall implementation plan
- Troubleshooting and counsel