Big delivery in small packages
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects are notorious for running late and over budget. This article discusses how adopting agile processes can help ERP projects stay on budget and on schedule. In doing so, it details how a consultancy specializing in ERP solutions used agile techniques and best practices on its projects to make them more productive. It then notes how ERP systems make it easier for an organization to control structured and optimized workflows and allow a real-time view on an organization in terms of key performance indicators (KPIs) using the benefit of a single source of data. It reports the results of the 2012 ERP Report, published by Panorama Consulting Solutions, reporting that 56 percent of ERP implementations went over budget. Then, it examines reasons for the overrun. In addition, the article identifies how agile techniques can benefit ERP implementations and details the benefits. Next, it reveals some of the tactical barriers that teams members often struggle with in common agile practices, including that agile was originally intended for use on software-development projects. The article concludes by identifying ways to mitigate risk for ERP implementation projects. Accompanying the article is a sidebar discussing how to sell executives on agile ERP.