An ERP project should be viewed as a significant undertaking for any organization. ERP project management is the key to an effective 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 should construct a clearly marked roadmap for an effective ERP implementation. The roadmap includes key milestone checkpoints, to ensure that project progress could be tracked.
A good ERP system implementation plan must breakdown the project into phases. Each phase should 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 should be identified. A landmark could be signing away from a deliverable, a advanced review meeting, an independent assessment etc.
Next, for each phase of the implementation plan, a set of activities/tasks should be defined. These activities should further translate into processes that can be followed and/or implemented. Each process must have its objective, resource skill requirements, inputs and outputs clearly articulated.
Returning to the analogy with the GPS navigator, ERP implementation phases, milestones and deliverables automatically provide the product quality and control checkpoints. Not only this, the master plan also articulates the processes which can be being implemented in that phase.
For any project there are only three critical success factors that need 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 whole project. This serves since the project dashboard. The budget, timeline and scope should then be scaled right down to the phase level, establishing the phase dashboard and the phase checkpoint measures.
Each of the defined deliverable should be measured and monitored. At the conclusion of each deliverable, the project team must stop and evaluate whether they’re on target regarding budget, time and performance steps to SD-WAN implementation plan. Evaluation should contain quickly collating the measures and analyzing them. In case there is deviation a prioritized listing of action items should emerge and be implemented rigorously. Immediate feedback and correction reduce ERP implementation failure risks significantly.
It is advisable that at select project milestones, an independent and objective project assessment be done. An evaluation of the present business strategy, degree of business change because the project launch and projected business changes must also be factored into these evaluations.