There are many ways to go about building a new model or rebuilding an existing model. The most important piece is the proper transition and cut-over. This checklist is a starting point to help you begin gathering all impacts building or rebuilding a model will have on the Connected Planning Ecosystem within your organization. You can modify this checklist to match the specific nuances and needs of your ecosystem and ways of working.
Transition guide and check list
Identify and notify all relevant stakeholders of the planned new model build to ensure:
All related content, documentation, etc. can be updated appropriately
All stakeholders are aware to help identify areas of risk across the business such as the timing of critical business activities such as accounting close, bonus cycle, etc.
Select the proper workspace for the new model to live in
Posting and getting feedback through the communication channels available to you
Talking with the downstream model owners regularly to understand their needs throughout the build (Anaplan Way)
All testing has been completed including calculations, functionality, imports, model performance, and downstream impacts
NOTE: If downstream models cannot adjust to the new model during the allocated time, an approach to allow for more flexibility on timing is to feed data from the new model into the old model. This allows the team to use the functionality in the new model while providing more time for downstream models to transition. This can reduce the risk to critical downstream models/processes.
All integrations have been reviewed and signed off
The go-live plan has been communicated to all stakeholders and impacted model owners
Functional Lead/Model Owner has signed off on using the new model
The model performance continues to be monitored and all updates should be implemented
Downstream models have updated their imports from the new model and are working as expected
The content in this article has not been evaluated for all Anaplan implementations and may not be recommended for your specific situation.
Please consult your internal administrators prior to applying any of the ideas or steps in this article.