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4 Ways Task Duration Estimates Prepare Your Project for Success

Every project team wants to make their next initiative a resounding success, but sometimes the wheels start coming off while things are still in the planning stage. Incomplete processes and missed steps can make it difficult to develop a workable plan and then execute on that plan. One area that doesn’t always get the attention…

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Define Your ERP Project with These 3 Tips

If your team is having a difficult time scoping your ERP implementation project, you aren’t the first to experience the problem. Our project management consultants have helped numerous enterprises define their ERP initiatives, and even companies with experienced internal project teams often struggle to scope these high-impact, high-risk efforts. Your business needs to accomplish many…

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ERP Project Management: Prevent the Task Tsunami

With their high degree of complexity and long durations, ERP implementation projects are among the most challenging initiatives some organizations will ever undertake. One common difficulty when planning and executing projects that extend over many months (and sometimes across several years) is that low-priority or minor tasks are bumped down the schedule in favor of…

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ERP Project Management: Doing Discovery Right

An ERP project’s discovery process sets the stage for success, and the importance of devoting the right kind of attention and expertise to the exercise can’t be overstated. While execution often gets the bulk of the limelight due to its duration and visible effects on the various business units, those tangible actions can only move…

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Tips to Streamline Your ERP Project Cutover

The final weeks of an ERP implementation can introduce a lot of stress for project teams and stakeholders. One recurring challenge our project management consultants hear from organizations seeking to improve their project planning and execution strategy is that the list of last-minute activities seems to snowball, leaving too many tasks to complete in a…

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How to Gain Consensus on Your Project’s Business Objectives

Getting sponsors and senior staff to agree on a project’s business objectives can sometimes be surprisingly difficult. While new initiatives often take shape around clear business needs, there may be times when sponsors aren’t unanimous in their expectations. One executive might see the need to increase productivity within their division as the project’s primary objective,…

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4 Reasons Your Company Thinks Your Project will Fail

Even a team that’s on track for project success can become disheartened if the rest of the company isn’t behind them. Our project management consultants know how important it is for stakeholders to believe in your group’s ability to achieve good project outcomes, especially when the stakes—and visibility—are high. Unfortunately, you may encounter instances when…

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Improve Your Project Warning System

Maintaining good lines of communication across diverse project stakeholder groups is vital for consistent project success. As project management consultants, our team knows these communication channels need to support a range of functions, one of which is bringing red flags, risks, and other project concerns to the group’s attention. With so many discussions and data…

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Modernize Your Project Meetings for the Teams of Tomorrow

When much of the business world switched to work-from-home (WFH), people quickly became accustomed to holding and attending virtual meetings rather than coming together in person. But while a good portion of workers initially expected the change would only be temporary, many have now signaled they want to remain remote long term. It’s unlikely that…

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Use Context to Increase the Value of Your Project Data

The importance of data in project management is growing every day. Teams use data to drive decision making at every stage of the project lifecycle—to identify risks, control costs, uncover opportunities, and plan and execute nearly every other activity. As the volumes of information flowing through the business environment increase, your project team members become…

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