A poorly executed plan could put much more at risk than just the project. Let’s assume you have just purchased an ERP system because you read through the ‘Manufacturing – Is It Time for ERP’ article on our site. You purchased the software without proper assessment of your requirements. Your budget didn’t account for proper implementation. You expected to pay $50,000 for the software and have your accountant figure out how to use it. None of your employees were properly trained, so it appears to them that the software doesn’t work correctly. They spend hours upon hours trying to figure it out, and you still cannot get the reports out of the system you need. The employees are less efficient because they spend so much time struggling to use the software. Everyone gets frustrated. You abandon the software and look for something else. Now, you are out the $50,000, and have nothing but an Installation CD and a revolting workforce to show for it.
With a properly managed project plan, you would have evaluated a few different software products. You would have created a realistic budget (to include implementation) and timeline. Your employees would have been properly trained, your data would have been converted, and you would get the reports you expected to get – when you expect them.
Don’t let a poorly executed project distract you or your employees. We can help to see most projects are a success. Use the form to the right to let us know what kind of project you need help with. We can be as involved as you need us to be.