Documenting Your Implementation

One of the key, but often forgotten, parts of an ERP implementation is documentation. Because of the complexity of the project and all of its moving parts, it’s necessary to have a clear record of every bug fix, process change, and training class. Also, being able to show progress made and exactly what needs to happen next keeps the project on track helps to build its business case.

But what exactly do we need to document?

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5 Steps to Improving Project Communication

Imagine what would happen if the kickoff meeting for your project arrives and some of the stakeholders don’t show up. You move forward with the project, thinking that they’ll get caught up. After all, as the project manager, you have deadlines to meet and you need to get started.

However, before long you start having problems with lack of communication between stakeholders and vendors. Things are being delivered at the wrong time and without meeting projects specifications – but the communication simply isn’t there to fix it.

You’re constantly scrambling trying to bring everything back on schedule as quickly as possible.

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Stakeholder Buy-In and the Success of Your Project

Imagine what would happen if a small group of C-level executives got together and picked a new ERP system for your company. As an employee within the IT department, it’s up to you to implement the project and make sure it’s a success. You know that the C-level executives have buy-in on the project because they’re the ones who picked it, but what about the rest of the company?

Internal stakeholders can come in many forms. There are the owners, C-level executives, board members, managers, and other employees of the company that have a direct stake in the project. There are also external stakeholders that are outside the business but still need to interact with your systems. These can include customers and vendors. The faster you can get stakeholder buy-in, the smoother the implementation and strategies will go.

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