Managing Teams

8 Risks of Poorly Managed ERP Projects

ERP implementation projects are complex undertakings. Companies often focus on factors such as budget overruns and schedule delays, but the effects of a weak project plan or faulty execution can reach far beyond the project’s primary scope. If your team is preparing to launch an ERP project, consider some risks that come from a poorly…

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Why Do Project Teams Stick with Bad Plans?

Project plans can be unworkable for any number of reasons and our team of project management consultants have stepped in to rescue failing initiatives due to most of them. Some project plans are bad from the get-go, others become a nightmare mid-lifecycle. And though the process of getting at-risk projects back on track requires skill…

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6 Reasons ERP Implementation Project Templates Fall Short

Every project starts with a plan. And when it comes to ERP implementation vendors, some have a plan template in their files that they can whip out and put in place to get the project rolling. But while it’s convenient to have a template at the ready, you may find those boilerplates don’t quite deliver…

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Is Your Team Ready for Faster Delivery Times?

The desire to launch and execute projects quickly is nothing new. But the pace of business continues to accelerate, and organizations are under growing pressure to swiftly identify and act on market trends, emerging risks, and new opportunities. For project teams, this means they’re increasingly expected to compress initiative timelines and shrink planning cycles. At…

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Why Your Project Meeting Should Be More Proactive

Innovation thrives in environments where people are open to new ideas. Supporting team members who are committed to life-long learning and who are willing to adapt and innovate will help the project group stay current and efficient in its use of resources, its approach to solving problems, and its execution of initiatives. Unfortunately, time pressures…

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Project Portfolio ROI: Thinking Beyond Dollar Signs

Industry research continues to reveal dismally low project success rates. There are many factors that play into this, and the PMAlliance project management consulting teams see a range of reasons why organizations aren’t delivering projects on time or on budget, or why project outcomes don’t meet expectations. Unfortunately, analyzing the dollars that are lost as…

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The Failing Project: Know When It’s Time for an Intervention

Rescuing a troubled project is a difficult undertaking. But sometimes there’s an equally big challenge that must be overcome before you can start developing a strategy to pull a troubled project back to life: Knowing when your project is too far gone for a simple fix. Below are some indicators that your initiative’s problems are…

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6 Ways Your Project Portfolio Reinforces Your Corporate Culture

Sustaining your corporate culture can be a challenge. Companies mature, leadership teams change, and busy workloads make it tough to focus on anything other than daily tasks. With support from an experienced project portfolio management consulting team to ensure your implementation is successful, you can use your portfolio to reinforce your corporate culture and nurture…

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Project Portfolio Management and Advanced Analytics

A strong project portfolio management strategy includes regular reviews—of risk factors, budget and schedule adherence, resource allocations, and the overall health of the portfolio, just to name a few. Similar reviews may be conducted across individual projects, but widening your perspective to encompass a comprehensive portfolio view enables your organization to do so much more….

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Do These 6 Things Before Removing a Project From Your Portfolio

You should already have a formal mechanism for adding projects to your organization’s portfolio. However, our project management consulting teams have found that some companies don’t follow an established process when a project is removed. It’s common that a project is pulled from the list without a thorough evaluation of the cancelation’s long-term effects. In…

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Project Experience

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Portfolio Management
Successful portfolio management calls for exceptional data management skills and diligent oversight across multiple efforts.
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Manufacturing
Demanding, time sensitive, and finely tuned, manufacturing projects require close attention and experienced oversight.
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IT Projects
Organizations must be able to successfully execute challenging and highly visible technology projects to maximize revenue.
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Power Plants
Power Plants must be able to keep these vital infrastructure assets current, efficient, and economically positive.
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Energy
High-profile hurdles and expensive risks of failure make these projects critical to manage properly from the very beginning.
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Aerospace
Presents complexities at nearly every stage, from allocating resources to controlling schedule variances, or clearing regulatory & safety hurdles.
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Cross-Functional
Ensuring team members are able to move outside the silos of their department or discipline is the key to achieving success.
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Product Dev
Design and other early-stage activities must be carefully orchestrated while maintaining visibility on future impacts and resource needs.
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Mergers & Acquisitions
Among the riskiest and most strategically important initiatives a company can undertake, and their outcomes can make or break the business.
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Finance & Insurance
Technology implementations call for the right level of planning detail and diligent oversight.
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ERP & SAP
An ERP implementation can be among the most disruptive and strategically important initiative an organization can undertake.