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?
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?
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?
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!
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?
Do you agree that COTS/ERP implementations makes your business mediocre at best? One of the main value propositions of the packaged software (COTS/ERP) is relatively quicker implementation. Business processes are standardised. Your business receives so called 'best practice' implementation. But is it a good thing? The so called 'best practice' is really a best practice? … Continue reading COTS/ERP Bringing Mediocrity At Best!
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
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?
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!