“It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.” ~ G.K. Chesterton A young woman taking a brisk stroll noticed a child looking into a tree. Following the child’s gaze, she saw a cat on a branch, perhaps 15 feet high. Quickly grasping the lowest limb of the… Continue reading Solve the Right Problem
As a project manager, you may hear many times, “A good project manager is … one that delivers a project on time and within budget” or “…one that meets or exceeds the stakeholder’s expectations.” However, being a project manager is actually about much more than only focusing on those traits. In my years of working… Continue reading Top Five Qualities of a Project Manager
Have you heard the term, “scrum” and wondered what it is? Maybe you have; maybe you haven’t, but it’s a term you might become familiar with if you’re implementing a new ERP system…and you’ll be interested in knowing how having a ScrumMaster on the implementation team can be a big benefit. But first, let’s take… Continue reading What is Scrum and How Can a ScrumMaster Benefit my ERP Implementation?
Have you ever wondered how businesses successfully do business, with other businesses? Sounds messy doesn’t it. Well that’s because it is. Today’s consumers have grown accustomed to the ability to make purchases online quickly and efficiently. Now, the trend has turned towards B2B e-commerce: businesses have begun searching for a similar user experience to make… Continue reading B2B E-Commerce Project Management Best Practices
An ERP implementation requires an investment in human and financial resources, regardless of size or scope of the project. Assembling a highly productive team is absolutely essential for the success of any ERP project, which requires building a healthy team structure and choosing the right team members. This blog’s focus is on the most common… Continue reading How to Choose Your ERP Project Team
When it comes to ERP implementations, “How long?” is usually the one question that rivals “How much?”. These questions are tied closely in a business culture to a “Time is money” kind of mentality. If you are looking to implement an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, however, this result-driven thought process might need to shift… Continue reading How Long Should an ERP Implementation Take?
About a month ago, I was part of a team that did an ERP implementation project simulation using Legos. The goal of the project was to show the benefits of using agile methodology over the competing theory of waterfall. While the benefits and costs of each can often be lost in firm biases and complex… Continue reading Building the Argument for Agile implementation: Lego Edition
What is the best project management methodology for ERP projects? The answer is: It depends. Most often, however, ERP implementation projects benefit more from using agile project management techniques over the traditional waterfall methodology. Waterfall: the tradition in project management Waterfall is a project management technique that relies on comprehensive requirements gathering up front. Once… Continue reading Agile vs Waterfall Project Management: Which is Better for ERP Projects?
For those of you living in congested metropolitan areas, such as Los Angeles, you understand the true meaning of traffic, where we measure travel to destinations in terms of time, not distance. We now have GPS systems suggesting optimal routes and re-routes with time estimates to arrive at your destination. The amusing part is jumping… Continue reading Nobody Walks in L.A.
Much has already been said and written about Col. John Boyd’s OODA loop, which has everything to do with the survival of individuals to entire organizations. Boyd was a fighter pilot, consultant, and brilliant military strategist. OODA stands for Observation-Orientation-Decision-Action. While there is voluminous theory and philosophy behind this, Boyd discovered how to win an… Continue reading The OODA Loop and ERP