Project Closure Checklist – Close Projects With Elegance!

ERP/COTS projects often starts with a lot of enthusiasm, planning and stage drama. Sponsors and Project managers explains the importance of the project. How this project is a game changer? How this project is different from other projects? You know what I mean.... However, projects often close with meek email, thanking everyone. One should not … Continue reading Project Closure Checklist – Close Projects With Elegance!

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Three Stages of Analysis

Google search returns over 95k results for "poor requirements". Software projects are constantly failing due to poor requirements. Here are few stats: (source: http://custom-business-software.com/cost-poor-requirements/) Often Analysis is unstructured. The outcomes of analysis are vague. Few deliverables do not cover wider scope. And others do not cover required depth. Project teams does not often share the outcome of analysis … Continue reading Three Stages of Analysis

Why Do We Do Analysis?

Every project initiates with preliminary planning followed by Analysis/Design. But, why we do analysis? What is the actual purpose of requirements elicitation, documentation, identifying solution options, providing estimates and so on? Why instead of spending time on analysis, we just build the required product and iteratively improve it? Well, it may sound revolutionary idea, however, the reality is the … Continue reading Why Do We Do Analysis?

How To Document ERP / COTS Requirements – Tell Stories

Requirements for ERP / COTS projects are documented in all shapes and sizes. There is no standard method. It is left on consultants, Business Analysts, Business Users (Subject Matter Expert) discretion. The result is - requirements are all over the place. Sometimes requirements: are collection of vague wish list are replica of existing system and processes include solution (big mistake) include … Continue reading How To Document ERP / COTS Requirements – Tell Stories

How To Map Business Initiatives From Corporate Objective?

Translating Corporate objective into business initiatives is a challenging work. One of the main reason is lack of common language and visual representation of the business. For example, for the strategic objective of 'Improve Customer Experience', Sales and Warehouse heads are likely to identify different initiatives. Sales head - ‘Business needs ability to send digital catalogue to customer via email’ Warehouse … Continue reading How To Map Business Initiatives From Corporate Objective?

10 Reasons Not To Change ERP!

Our ERP is very old: Check your ERP software version. If it is ‘ancient’ version, consider option of upgrading to latest version rather than changing the ERP. Our ERP never really worked: Check if software was implemented poorly. Therefore, end-users have no choice but to get creative and device manual workarounds. There is no one … Continue reading 10 Reasons Not To Change ERP!

Change Feeds On Strong Leadership!

Total Quality Management, Lean, Six Sigma, Business Process Re-engineering, Business Process Improvement, Process Redesigning, Value Chain Improvement, Business Transformation, Digital Transformation, Digital Disruption and many other similar terms to follow….. At the end of day it is all about managing successful Change. Various authors explain change management models Kotter’s 8 Step Change model, Good to … Continue reading Change Feeds On Strong Leadership!

Project Planning Insights And Advise!

Internet is full of such Project Life Cycle diagrams: They represent planning as one of the initial project stages followed by execution and then project closure. Simple stuff! But how true is it? I find these diagrams incorrect and misleading! Planning is not any specific stage/phase of the project. It is in fact an overarching … Continue reading Project Planning Insights And Advise!

ERP Implementation – Estimate Breakdown Structure

ERP Implementations are complex! So many moving variables among which key decisions are to be made. One of the challenges is to get good visibility on breakdown structure of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Following diagram will help you. You can use this during various stages of the project (Initiations/discovery - developing business case, Vendor … Continue reading ERP Implementation – Estimate Breakdown Structure

How To Shortlist Software Vendors?

Software selection requires a well defined process and disciplined approach. Previously, I have shared following topics with you. RFP Tips – How to create/develop RFP Steps to find initial software vendors for your industry How to set clear expectations with software vendor upfront? The next step in the software selection process is organising Product Demos. … Continue reading How To Shortlist Software Vendors?