I’ve been enjoying Scott Adams Dilbert comic strips for years. They’re a treasure trove of laughs for people in the project management or timesheet software business as I am. Adam’s Dilbert website has too many old strips to choose from so here’s just one that had me chuckle today.
We hear the salespitch almost continuously from large ERP/Finance system vendors. “It shoudl alllll be integrated.” That’s a story that sells easier than it implements. Sometimes it’s just easier and more effective to look integrated than to be integrated.
Implementing enterprise systems is only partly a technology challenge. This is certainly true with enterprise project management systems. Must more important is managing the culture shock or behavioural change of the organization. What does this mean and how can you mitigate the risks of culture shock derailing your epm deployment?
The Project Management Office (PM) isn’t a new idea. But we used to think of the PMO in a trailer on a construction site. The proliferation of desktop project management tools enabled everyone to be their own PMO but the idea of a centralized PMO is making a comeback thanks to centralized web-based epm systems.
If you’re implementing an enteprise project management system, then making sure you have someone who will champion the cause is critical. It’s not enough to have a good solution, you have to be able to sell it at all levels of the company and that takes someone who believes in the solution and won’t stop until it’s fully deployed.
There are so many display formats to choose from that it’s sometimes confusing to select the right one. Yet choosing the right display for the right kind of data makes all the difference to how it’s interpreted. Putting the right project view in the right hands can change the way decisions are made.
These days you’ve got to do more than just buy enterprise project management software if you want enterprise project management. Generating a business culture that can take advantage of such tools is by far more challenging and by far more important. Here are some thoughts on creating an environment for enterprise project management
Just having good project management techniques is not enough. How will you sell your great process to management?
When your job is building the elements of construction are usually quite well known. When you’re building software however, everything you’re building with from the foundation materials to the tools themselves are changing while you construct. What hope is there for project management if this is so?
For organizations that are all about their hierarchical organization, projectizing the business can be the fastest path to more efficiency.