The Most Under-Utilised Resource

While our focus has always been to optimise limited resources, what do think is the biggest waste? Which resources are been most under-utilised? Well, I think, it is you and I! It is humans and human potential. Here are my thoughts on this: Division of Labour: Does division of labour makes sense in our organisations. … Continue reading The Most Under-Utilised Resource

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Body and Business

Our body and business are not much different. Both are the machines that receive input and their coordinated effort produces an output. Learning - Like a healthy body, healthy business must learn from experimentation, analytics, and retrospectives. Strength - Like every individual has natural strengths. Similarly, the business must be aware of its strengths/niche. Weak … Continue reading Body and Business

Why Scrum Sucks?

Scrum is like a religion. Religion has values and rituals. Rituals support values. Without values, rituals are meaningless. Scrum sucks because we follow its rituals (Daily Scrum, Sprint Reviews etc.) without living the values (Focus, Courage, Openness, Commitment and Respect) and the three pillars of Scrum (Transparency, Inspections and Adaptation). If the basic Scrum values … Continue reading Why Scrum Sucks?

Scope It! Do Not Sit on the Fence – Guessing !

Your prospects needs solid estimate before making decision on investment. Call it a proposal, quote or Statement of work.  Often we (vendors) sit on the fence, throwing numbers with bundle of disclaimers/assumptions. It does not help us nor the prospect. Instead, step in, roll your sleeves and scope it. Learn about the business, read existing … Continue reading Scope It! Do Not Sit on the Fence – Guessing !

Where To Start ERP Continuous Improvement?

ERPs are designed to eliminate waste and cut unnecessary cost. In my experience business rarely utilise full potential of an ERP. This is mainly because, after the implementation, ERP it is left alone. ERP has a key role to play in business improvement. Therefore, continuously improve use of ERP in your business. As a starting … Continue reading Where To Start ERP Continuous Improvement?

How Often You Service Your ERP?

Uh - Finally, ERP implementation project is over! Business-As-Usual now! But, have you thought of servicing your ERP? If not, then read carefully! Your ERP is a business tool (Information processing machine). Like all other complex machines, your ERP needs service. So, get your ERP logbook now! But why? Here are few points to consider: … Continue reading How Often You Service Your ERP?

Root Cause of Change Resistance?

Internet is full of articles explaining reasons of change resistance. Various books are written on this topic. Change Manager’s Handbook extensively covers this topic is detail. However, what is the root cause of resistance to change? Why in context to organisational change, employees and managers prefers status quo instead embracing the change? I have tried … Continue reading Root Cause of Change Resistance?

Levels of Change! Must Understand This For A Lasting Change!

How often do we define change before we start managing it? This is one of the main problems in change management arena. We attempt to manage ‘the undefined’.  Further, change operates at different levels. The attributes at each level are different. Therefore, strategies and focus to implement change must be different as well. In the … Continue reading Levels of Change! Must Understand This For A Lasting Change!

Why UAT always takes more time and budget?

User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is the critical phase of any ERP implementation. Project success highly relies on well planned execution of UAT. Business key users/ subject matter experts form the core project team. Typically, the core project team execute planned test cases after training by ERP consultants. As a project leader/sponsor, this is the time … Continue reading Why UAT always takes more time and budget?