Drawing on our experience implementing solutions for hundreds of mid-market and enterprise organizations,
PART 1: Insist on Value-Added Project Management
With the already high costs of an ERP implementation, Project Management overhead can be a bitter pill to swallow. Part 1 of our two-part series provides advice to ensure that your vendor’s project management adds value beyond simply checking off tasks and delivering status reports.
With so many dimensions at play, managing an ERP deployment requires a specialized skill set. Sticking to the traditional narrowly focused Project Manager role, fixated on the tactical elements of the budget, schedule, and status reporting, adds to project overhead and neglects an opportunity to ensure that your ERP drives successful business transformation. The key to success is to combine project management expertise with functional expertise. This includes deep knowledge of software, systems, and processes. As well as effectively elevating the role of project manager from pure overhead to a value-added resource.
At Western Computer, all project managers are experts in ERP software and business process analysis. Our project managers are also experts in project management methodology. Rather than waiting for project resources to report in or simply aggregating status reports, our project managers play an active role. They look into the systems to independently verify progress, determining not only that a task has been completed, but that it has been done right and to our exacting standards. In this way, Western’s project managers add a layer of quality assurance and proactive troubleshooting. This not only maintains your critical path, but it also helps to ensure successful outcomes.
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