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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‘Fixed Price’ ERP/COTS Projects Advise

Sponsoring software projects can be very overwhelming. Understanding and documenting initial problems, business requirements, prepare RFP/RFQ, deciding vendor/product and so on. Throughout this process there is often one major concern, “Can we deliver the project under the approved budget?". Organisations often try to mitigate this risk by opting for ‘Fixed price’ quote. But, does that … Continue reading ‘Fixed Price’ ERP/COTS Projects Advise

Customer’s Letter to Software Vendor -My Expectations

Dear Vendor, I thank you for implementing software for my business. The big job is over now; I look back and think what I originally expected from you. Here are my thoughts: I expected little more integrity from you: You should told me upfront that all the good and smart people engaged earlier during the … Continue reading Customer’s Letter to Software Vendor -My Expectations

When To Raise A Change Request/Variation?

Change is inevitable! To meet ever-changing needs and complexity of business, project teams are increasingly embracing Scrum/Agile methodologies. Project teams are using new tools and methods like Card walls, Daily stand-ups, Internet/Intranet Chats, advanced task management tools (like JIRA). However, one thing that Project teams are not doing so well is managing change within project. … Continue reading When To Raise A Change Request/Variation?

Make A Strong Business Case!

Business case is very important and inseparable part of any project. Why? Because it includes ‘Project Justification’. Project Sponsor and Board refer to Project Justification at various stages within project. Generally, this part includes justification of spending money on project (Cost/Benefit Analysis). I think, Cost/Benefit Analysis is just a part of justification. Project team should … Continue reading Make A Strong Business Case!

How to plan Business Process Improvement project

In one of my previous posts, I have introduced Singh’s Business Reference Model (BRM). I suggested that Singh’s BRM can assist in range of different business initiatives.In this post, I endeavour to demonstrate how Singh’s BRM can assist you in planning of Business process improvement initiative. I think, the key benefit is that it helps you to paint big picture … Continue reading How to plan Business Process Improvement project

How to prioritise anything!

At any point in time, life does not give us everything we want. Resources are always limited, whereas demands are unlimited. I still remember my school days, having 5 bucks in hand and queuing up in front of canteen window. While talking, smiling, laughing with friends one question that I constantly think was - ‘What … Continue reading How to prioritise anything!