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 !

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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?

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?

13 Reasons Causing Project Bottlenecks

What is the likelihood of your project finishing on time? It depends on likelihood of the critical path tasks finishing on time. Then I ask, How you can ensure finishing critical path tasks on time? It depends on finding and eliminating bottleneck (constraint) for the critical path tasks. Then I ask, How can we eliminate … Continue reading 13 Reasons Causing Project Bottlenecks

How to Govern ERP Project?

As a Project Sponsor, you are responsible for project governance. You ensure that the project is steering in right direction. You are ultimately responsible for the business case and success of the  project. Typically, more than one vendors, subcontractors, consultants are involved in ERP implementations. These resources may not have worked together before. There are strong … Continue reading How to Govern ERP Project?

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!

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?