An ERP project should be looked at as a significant undertaking for any organization. ERP project management is the main element to a successful ERP implementation… An organization must clearly define the ERP implementation “finish line”, or the scope of the ERP.
An ERP software implementation plan should serve as a GPS navigator for the ERP stakeholders. It will construct a clearly marked roadmap for a successful ERP implementation. The roadmap will include key milestone checkpoints, so that project progress may be tracked.
An excellent ERP system implementation plan must break up the project into phases. Each phase must be discrete, manageable and measurable. Typical phases for an ERP implementation are: Planning, Conference Room Pilot, Conversion and Integration, Training, Parallel Run, Go Live and Stabilization. Milestones and deliverables for each phase must be identified. A landmark may be signing away from a deliverable, a high level review meeting, an unbiased assessment etc.
Next, for each phase of the implementation plan, a list of activities/tasks must be defined. These activities should further translate into processes that are to be followed and/or implemented. Each process should have its objective, resource skill requirements, inputs and outputs clearly articulated.
Finding its way back to the analogy with the GPS navigator, ERP implementation phases, milestones and deliverables automatically provide the standard and control checkpoints. Not only that, the plan also articulates the processes that are being implemented because phase.
For just about any project there are only three critical success factors that want constant attention and monitoring. These factors are resource allocation (personnel and money), time (project schedule) and scope (functionality and deliverables). The ERP implementation plan therefore must set up a budget, a timeline and the scope for the entire project. This serves whilst the project dashboard what goes into an SD-WAN implementation plan. The budget, timeline and scope should then be scaled right down to the phase level, establishing the phase dashboard and the phase checkpoint measures.
All the defined deliverable must be measured and monitored. At in conclusion of each deliverable, the project team must stop and evaluate whether they’re on target regarding budget, time and performance. Evaluation should include quickly collating the measures and analyzing them. In case there is deviation a prioritized set of action items should emerge and be implemented rigorously. Immediate feedback and correction reduce ERP implementation failure risks significantly.
It’s advisable that at select project milestones, an unbiased and objective project assessment be done. An evaluation of the existing business strategy, amount of business change because the project launch and projected business changes must also be factored into these evaluations.