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ERP Project Management – Make Them Sweat 05/18/2009

Posted by TBoehm30 in ERP.
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Build some slippage time into your project plan.

Our plan calls for four business units to go-live on four different dates. The first one in September, but because of fourth quarter restraints, our next one isn’t until February. This is the plan approved by upper management giving everyone enough breathing room to perform their day jobs and still have enough time for the implementation project.

We had wanted the first two business units to perform together in their tasks. We scheduled the pilot programs together, the business process modeling, the testing, etc would all be done at both locations at the same time. This would allow comparisons in problems, coordination of solutions, and a general feeling of comraderie during the project. Everyone thought this was a good idea until the pressure started.

Our second business unit has more work to get their system running than the first business unit. The companies are different enough that this was obvious from the beginning. The longer project for the second unit was a perfect plan to allow them the time needed for that extra work. Unfortunately, they can already feel the pressure coming from the amount of work being projected to get them ready. We had planned on doing the first pilots together in a few weeks for the two business units.

They decided that there just wasn’t enough time to be ready for that pilot. In the steering committee meeting we fully discussed the pros and cons of letting a few tasks slip for the second business unit. After pleading their case, we agreed that it was in their best interests to expand their time frame for certain tasks, without changing the final go-live. We didn’t touch the timeline for our first business unit.

This experience showed everyone the amount of work that is needed for a company-wide software implementation. It opened their eyes to the tasks that need to be completed by their deadlines. They spent a little time worrying about how to finish their responsibilities on time.

A little sweat never hurt anyone. Now they will have no trouble figuring out what to do. After all, everyone here knows that it’s a global world and Technology makes it happen.

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4. CHARLOTT ROTH - 02/20/2011

Framework for project management, especially when it comes down to technology is not linier. Nevertheless, great article! Would be interested to hear more insights from your side on project management 3.0. We keep using outdated methods that don’t match the speed of technology developments. With so many different tools coming on the market every day the framework must be redesigned. In any case, thank you for wonderful post.


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