By Ed MickleyFebruary 8, 2010
Corpus Christi Army Depot, TX --Communicating effectively was the hot topic of a 2-day workshop hosted here, Jan. 12-13 by the Logistics Modernization Program Division for future LMP sites.
Representatives and Communication Leads from Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) and Joint Munitions & Logistics (JM&L) participated in the workshop discussing ways to encourage workforce support for LMP implementation scheduled for later this year.
Al Gonzales, Director of Production Management, kicked off the event welcoming the attendees and sharing that communication was critical to overcoming challenges faced by the LMP team.
Gonzales said that the workshop was to explore and highlight CCAD's communication effort, encouraging attendees to use and modify the information to help with their efforts at home. He also stressed that communication can't end at Go-Live and that it is on ongoing effort toward sustainment for CCAD.
"Communicating consistently with the workforce and sharing information in a creative way was an important piece of the CCAD communication plan for LMP," said Daphne Martin, CCAD LMP Communication Lead.
The group was introduced to LMP communication methods including timelines for executing different events and how CCAD capitalized on all communication tools available.
"Hopefully we were able to give the D3 [third deployment ] sites some ideas to make them excited about this part of their journey," added Martin.
Attendees were eager to discuss LMP poster concepts, website development, and awareness events realizing that with 12,000 new end users included in this implementation, the need for communicating with the workforce and each other was critical.
"I attended because I wanted to learn from CCAD's experience; there is no sense in us reinventing the wheel," said Dianne Duggan, TACOM LMP Business Transformation-Communications Lead.
"Tooele Army Depot will be going live in October and additional help was needed with our communication strategy," said Kathy Anderson, TEAD Public Affairs Officer. "Spending a few days with Corpus Christi's LMP team was very valuable. We were able to take back some great ideas and timelines to get us through Go-Live."
The third deployment of LMP will include TACOM, Joint Munitions & Lethality Life Cycle Management Command (JM&L LCMC), Joint Munitions Command (JMC), and Army Sustainment Command (ASC). Go-Live is tentatively scheduled for the end of 2010.
Duggan added, "I knew that representatives from other TACOM sites and other D3 commands would be attending. I wanted to meet some of them, face-to-face, for the first time and to catch up with others."
The first deployment (D1) sites (CECOM and Tobyhanna Army Depot) implemented LMP in 2005. D2 sites (AMCOM, CCAD, and Letterkenny Army Depot) deployed LMP in May 2009. Upon full deployment, there will be over 17,000 logistics and financial professionals using LMP.