I’m sure I’m not the first person who didn’t quite stick to the instructions for a DIY project. Recently, after looking at all the pieces of a shelving unit I was building, I thought it seemed easy enough to put together.
However, I found out halfway through assembly that the package of accessories was missing some nuts and bolts. If I’d just used the instructions to do the preliminary parts check, I would have caught it earlier. So I had to leave my shelving unit on the floor until I could get the necessary parts. The delay was frustrating.
The Importance of Requirements Gathering
Implementing a Warehouse Management System (WMS) or other supply chain software is like my shelving project in some ways. You need to provide clear instructions up front—during the design phase—to ensure all the pieces and parts, or requirements, are included. This is key to building your application efficiently and in a way that aligns with your business processes. You don’t want to find out later you’re missing key elements or spent time and money incorporating unnecessary components.
Let’s take a look at why requirements gathering is critical and how to do it well to avoid hassles down the road.
Preparing for the Design Phase
The design phase of your implementation project is critical to the success of your overall initiative. Overlooking or misunderstanding your company’s unique requirements can lead to incorrect or missed configuration that will become costly to rectify later. Doing some legwork up front not only shortens the design phase overall, but it can also lead to a smoother project as you’re able to identify functionality gaps and potential opportunities for process improvements.
4SIGHT Design Leads assist clients in gathering their requirements to facilitate the process of itemizing and communicating these details to the chosen supply chain solution vendor. We facilitate this with the client so the process of developing the design document is far easier and ready to be translated for the vendor to view.
The Five Steps
These five steps will help you prepare to provide requirements for your system implementation. 4SIGHT is well-versed in these activities and can partner with you to streamline the effort needed.
Making sure all these “nuts and bolts” requirements are included in the final design will lead to a successful build and testing of your product in the most efficient way.
Remember that defining your business requirements is just one step in the process of completing your systems implementation. Contact 4SIGHT to help you work through the five steps needed to help you simplify the design process with your WMS vendor.
Let’s connect to discuss how to move your operations forward one step at a time.