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How do you know your implementation project is on track?

ERP, Project Management

You may be hearing that all is well from the executive sponsor and project manager but you still have heard enough horror stories to keep you awake at night. We suggest the following approach:

  • Conduct a confidential survey with staff doing the work. You may be surprised what they say.
  • Look under the covers of the project schedule. Find out whether resources are overbooked and their calendar with planned absences are included. Make sure that you get the variance between budget and actual + estimated time to complete which is not calculated but based on the estimates of the resources doing the work.
  • Review the test plan. This is where the rubber hits the road prior to go-live. You will want stats on all the test scenarios – how many completed, passed, failed or postponed. You will also want to make sure that testing includes an end-to-end test that will simulate what the system will do when you go live, and it needs to include everything – reports, integration, and controls for all processes.
  • Contact 180 Systems for an independent assessment.
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