How Will the Commissioner Tools Roll Out?
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As a part of our pre-deployment test program, the
Stonewall Jackson Area Council was chosen to “go live” with
Commissioner Tools first and by itself. The reasoning behind
this testing approach was to give the council the opportunity
to help us uncover any software errors or logic errors that our
nearly 70 user acceptance testers and the members of the
focus group may have missed—and indeed, as Ray Ezell writes
in “District Commissioner Reports on Commissioner Tools,”
they found a few items that fell into both categories.
As the next part of our pre-deployment testing process,
three more councils were scheduled to go live in September:
Crossroads of America, Los Padres, and Theodore Roosevelt.
An additional six pilot councils were slated to go live on
Oct. 1: Atlanta Area, Capitol Area, Chester County,
Cradle of Liberty, Great Salt Lake, and Greater Niagara
Frontier councils. This is all a part of the test program
that we have designed to make sure that when
Commissioner Tools is deployed in your council, the
users will have the best experience possible.
Commissioner Tools will be made available on the
first of each month starting Nov. 1, based upon a local
readiness decision made by your council commissioner and
Scout executive. The Acceptance Protocols for Adoption of
Commissioner Tools form needs to be submitted by each
council before going live.
Two significant differences between UVTS and
Commissioner Tools are: 1) Commissioner Tools not only
collects data but also uses commissioner entered data and
data taken from other BSA sources to provide relevant and
timely information to commissioners, which is intended to
help them conduct analysis and better serve their units, and
2) Commissioner Tools easily allows commissioners who are
not as comfortable with technology to use offline methods (i.e.,
preprinted forms) that other individuals can enter in the system
on their behalf.
On behalf of all the Commissioner Tools focus group
members, user acceptance testers, and the BSA Information
Development Group, thank you very much to Ray Ezell and the
Stonewall Jackson Area Council for working with us to bring
this important tool to you.