We spend a lot of time here celebrating the brilliant people who use Quick Base to solve problems large and small. And we celebrate the forward-thinking organizations that put the power of Quick Base in the hands of the people closest to the work.
But one question we often hear from users is “How can I make an even bigger impact on my organization with Quick Base?” You may want to solve new problems, grow your career, or work across a broader network within your organization — and Quick Base can be a great vehicle for accomplishing any or all of these.
We spoke with several customers to find out how — and why — they became champions for Quick Base inside their organizations. I hope these findings help you take your career to the next level while making your organization even more efficient, informed, and productive.
5 Reasons Why You Should be a Champion
While you’re thinking about how Quick Base can help your business even more, we want to share how Quick Base can help you. In working closely with our customers, we know that there are at least five benefits to being a Quick Base champion.
- To position yourself as a problem-solver and a thought leader
- To gain more visibility within your organization
- To develop new skills – technical and non-technical
- To break down silos of data and teams
- To advance your career
Taken together, these benefits mean you can unlock opportunities for personal as well as professional growth. It will take an investment of time and energy, but to help you we’ve developed a framework you can follow. We’ve laid out the basics below — to learn more, download our free eBook “Start the Movement: 6 Steps to Making a Bigger Impact with Quick Base.”
6 Steps to Making a Bigger Impact
To make a bigger impact with Quick Base within your organization, there are six steps you should consider:
Step 1. Document what you’ve done with Quick Base and its impact
It’s never too early or late to write down what challenges you’ve tackled, what things were like before versus how they are now, and its business impact to your organization. Your business metrics might include things like time saved, reduced costs, process efficiencies, etc. Documenting your success is key to demonstrating the value you’ve already delivered.
Step 2. Identify other potential use cases
Start by looking at some of the processes that rely on the data that’s already within, or coming out of, your existing Quick Base apps and identify some of those processes as the next set of potential use cases to consider. It’s always more efficient to have a few apps that automate multiple processes across multiple groups rather than lots of individual apps within each group.
Step 3. Identify key stakeholders
Make a prioritized list of stakeholders to engage at both the executive and peer levels to get buy-in for developing solutions that affect not only your own department but others (based on the use cases you’ve identified above). In many cases, you’ll need to partner with IT as an important stakeholder, to ensure you’re able to scale your solution within your organization.
Step 4. Develop a process for building your solution
This process should account for the needs of the business as well as how business partners with IT on the solution. We’ve seen three successful models of such collaboration – business-led, IT-led, and hybrid. Adopt a model that makes the most sense for your organization and iterate on that process over time.
Step 5. Present your solution
Start with your own department, getting senior-level buy-in will help you clear the way to gain greater support for your solution as you branch out into other functional areas of your organization. Ensure you have a compelling business case that demonstrates ROI and a solution that can be applied to other parts of the business.
Step 6. Replicate this process elsewhere
Once you’ve completed the steps above for one use case, replicate them again and again for others. It’s best to start small and tackle any low-hanging fruit to get some quick wins before you start thinking about addressing more sophisticated and complex use cases.
Over the next few weeks, we will showcase some great examples of Quick Base champions from customers such as CCI Systems, Southwest Airlines, Texas A&M University, and several others who have successfully increased impact within their organization.
We hope this framework is helpful and we’re excited to see how it helps people like you make a bigger impact and meet your own goals as well as your organization’s with Quick Base.
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