Sometimes, all the planets align and a project goes smoothly, quickly, and seamlessly. This issue’s cover story, about an intriguingly fast SAP upgrade, is a case in point. Because so many of the decisions grappled with in that particular profile are common to all SAP-related projects, there are valuable lessons here for each one of us. Chief among them is a relentless adherence to these basic, but often overlooked, tenets of project management: Communicate with your stakeholders. Hire the best. And of course, test, test, test.
At the same time, there is always some advice that goes beyond Project Management 101. In this issue, here are some of our favorites for your perusal:
- Get your customers and partners involved in the strategic planning — not just in the usability testing — of your implementation.
- Go through your Rolodex and check in with your current stable of vendors as you begin a project — even those whose solutions aren’t affected. You never know what gems they might provide.
- Do a practice run of your cutover while in development multiple times — before even hitting the test environment.
- Be sure to include a detailed plan for a dedicated support organization that will serve your implementations after go-live.
In this magazine, you’ll find stories of companies that have put these ideas into practice, along with other valuable lessons that you can apply to your next SAP project.