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Project Management, Different IT Consulting
Example: ERP project implementation
Following a careful Technology & Partner Selection process, your Company will be in a position to start the implementation of the right ERP system by using the right Implementation Partner. You are now in front of a project.
 
Project organization - project team structure
We will use the following Project Structure to provide guidance and control for the ERP project:
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Steering Committee
The steering committee is composed of a cross-functional group of senior personnel from both Customer and Partner. The Steering Committee ensures that the direction of the project is in line with the strategic objectives of the company and is responsible for overall direction and ownership of a project. The steering committee will:
Approve the project budget & plan
Define expectations and success indicators
Make policy decisions
Create the necessary environment for change
Review and approve project status
Provide resources
Make major decisions
Retain overall control
Sign off on key deliverables

There are three roles in the Steering Committee:
Executive/Director/Sponsor:
represent business interests, owns business case, ultimately accountable
Senior User:
ensures user representation and involvement, the solution meets user needs, commits resources, resolves user requirements and priority conflicts
Senior Supplier:
ensures suppliers resources assigned and committed, soundness of designs and products and adherence to strategies and standards

Customer's Project Manager (externalized to Different IT Consulting)
It is critical that Customer assign a Project Manager to the project.
The Customer's Project Manager is:
Responsible to the Steering Committee
Responsible for planning and control
Reports exceptions
Day to day Project Management of the project and ensuring deliverables meet business and project objectives
Project Planning and Control of the project throughout the various phases in accordance with agreed Project Methodology standards to ensure delivery to required quality, time scales and budget
Tracking project costs / budget, time and resources
Implement Risk, Change and Issue Management procedures to govern project scope management within agreed parameters
Project Management support to both the Project Team and Company’s business representatives
Ensuring adequate and timely delivery of resources in accordance with agreed project plan
Liaise with and communicate to business users, management and 3rd party implementation partners
Develop required documents as per the agreed project methodology
Conduct Project Kick-Off & Status Meetings
Report Project Status to Steering Committee
Actively participate throughout all phases of the project
Assist in resolving day to day issues related to the project
Review and sign-off on deliverables

Partner's Project Manager
The primary responsibility of Partner’s Project Manager is to ensure that all commitments to the Client are fulfilled. His activities will include:
Responsible to the Steering Committee
Monitor and drive project progress and results
Allocate & Schedule Partner's project resources
Manage Change Requests
Manage Quality Assurance (Testing) process
Manage & Schedule User Documentation & Training
Develop the project plan and schedule
Manage Risks & Issues from the Partner's perspective
Review and sign-off on deliverables

Project stages (high level approach)
The following approach represents the basic structure of an ERP project implementation. This is high level and might contain several intermediate stages or sub-stages subject to each project's complexity.
Project Kick Off
Diagnostic
Analysis
Solution Design
Solution Development
Integration Testing
Deployment
Project Closure

 
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