You’re never going to be 100 percent prepared for every possible scenario when managing a project such as an ERP implementation.
That said, companies can take steps to ensure that the project runs more smoothly by adopting better practices, an article on the Project Management Hut website explains.
The key in project management is to minimize risk. From a project management standpoint, it’s not about addressing everything, but rather setting expectations.
The article outlines five common mistakes to avoid when managing a project. Just remember that almost all of the things on the list will be in any project in some fashion. The challenge is to minimize all of them.
- Winging it: In essence, this means not taking the time to plan. At certain points, you will probably have to “wing it,” but it’s always best to start with a plan.
- Padding estimates: This can jeopardize the project timeline or budget. Just keep in mind that everything in most projects is an estimate. Each individual task is an estimation that likely will be incorrect, but that’s fine as long as the project as a whole remains on track. The internal pieces may move; it’s the final bottom line that must stay steady.
- Misrepresenting status: This is something that never should happen. Do not say “we’re fine” if you’re unsure. That builds mistrust. Always verify status with the most accurate information available, the Project Management Hut article advises.
- False starts: Don’t start the project without the appropriate approval or while scope is still undefined. A common excuse from managers is that if they don’t start right away they won’t have time to complete the project. But false starts quickly can sink a project.
- Ignoring feedback from others: Never discount input from people who could positively impact the project.
Source: Project Management Hut, January 2013