It’s hard to believe that it has already been three months since I joined the company as one of the 6 new graduates fresh out of university. In these months as a graduate technical consultant, I have had lots of exposure to many different elements of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations through a three week training program. However, the most valuable experience I have had was the opportunity to go head first into a project where I got to experience my first go live, and more recently to experience a project handover. Throughout my time at the client site I was given the opportunity to write some Functional Design Documents and to get some real first-hand experience on a live project. It is safe to say, any initial nerves have been thrown out of the window and I am excited to see what the future holds.
The handover on site
After a successful cutover and go live weekend we entered the hyper care period which ended with the final handover of the project. This involved many presentations and tying up the loose ends. It was inspiring to see all the hard work and dedication being poured into the project at this late stage. I was also tasked with writing a few Functional Design Documents and it was satisfying to see the end results for a couple of them based on the documents I had created.
I asked Senior Consultant Ruth Forster-Towne to share her opinion on how it all went and she had some very positive things to say; “With the go live successful and our thoughts drifting off to the next exciting challenge, we will be handing over the reins to our team mates in Malta. As this project comes to a close, the main thing to take from it will be that with team work and trust anything is possible. Onwards and upwards!”
Off to Malta!
Following the handover onsite, a few members of the team went over to our office in Malta to handover the support of the project. I have heard that this was a big success and that the team did a great job.
What my first handover has taught me
Being part of the handover has been an invaluable experience for me as a new joiner. Even though I didn’t have the necessary experience with the project to directly contribute, having direct exposure to the process and the environment was great. Also a huge thank you is in order for the members of the team who often worked well into the night, and with a few early starts, to make sure that this project finished on the high note that it did!