What to Expect with Agile ERP Project Management
The ERP business world is always changing, and project management is evolving. Classic waterfall approaches still exist, but Agile ERP project management is highly successful due to segmented milestones – project sprints – project transparency, and the ability to adapt requirements during project phases. This is important since your CFO and CIO are tackling many other company projects.
Many midsize businesses immediately recognize the value of Agile ERP project management, as so many managers are overwhelmed with their regular business activities. Below are the components of what makes an Agile project successful and what to expect when you employ this project management approach.
Identifying a Critical Path for Your ERP Project
Project managers are big believers in agile ERP project management due to its ability to adapt to unanticipated events, altered requirements and scope, or additional deliverables. Constant change is today’s business reality, and an Agile project manager will help manage your critical path for a full ERP implementation, reimplementation, or even post go-live system enhancements. The top priorities for an agile ERP project manager are managing the schedule and budget and letting the project scope adjust.
Modern Project Management Tools
Agile ERP projects use modern project management tools to support the implementation. Gone are the days of project status reports, pushing project information into a document, and throwing it over a wall to your internal project manager. With the introduction of Asana and Monday.com workflow management tools, ERP partner project managers can communicate story points, sprints, user stories, and earned values with clients on-demand throughout the process. This interactive workflow environment allows you to view important ERP feature milestones, see assignments, track statuses, and share updated requirements at any time during the project. These modern project management tools are a perfect fit with agile methodologies.
Client Resources, Teamwork, and the Value of Agile
ERP projects, be it a complete implementation or phase two feature implementation, are complex and have many moving parts between both customer and partner teams. Agile ERP project management teams tend to be smaller so knowledge can be centralized, and decisions are made more quickly. The value of a good project management team is to deliver training and knowledge about the ERP tools being implemented and push customers to understand the software as soon as possible. However, your business may require an ERP partner to build out reports within the new ERP instead of your finance team building the reports. At the end of the day, the implementation team continuously collaborates with clients to execute on changing requirements and understands the importance of solving a client issue.