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Every other department competes against yours for the limited funds your association has to purchase new technology. If your membership department (and association) needs a new membership management system, you must build a business case that justifies allocating money and staff time to selecting and implementing new membership software.
Every time you open up your association’s membership management software, you’re convinced you can feel your blood pressure rising. You’ve resigned yourself to the fact that it doesn’t perform as you wish it would. Some savvy workarounds and data manipulation help you get work done, but the extra hours you’ve had to spend because of the software’s shortcomings…it’s painful to even think about.
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1 + 1 = 3. Synergy is the purpose of an agile membership team—not budget, not friendship, and not convenience. The aggregate function of a team is to produce results greater than each individual could produce on her own. Easier said than done.
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” —George Bernard Shaw When organizations have the notion to update or change their membership management software, the idea can often be met with skepticism or outright opposition from others in the organization. Resistance to change is human nature, but that doesn’t mean it’s OK.
Staring at your computer screen, you take a deep breath as your finger hovers over your mouse, mentally preparing for a grueling hour of laborious and frustrating work. Click. If this is the feeling you get when opening up your association management software (AMS), we probably don’t have to tell you that your organization might have a serious problem—but we will anyway.