5 Management Mistakes That Will Sabotage your ERP Implementation

As an ERP implementation expert, I'm used to offering advice on how to make your company's implementation a success. But for a moment, I'd like to talk about failure. Even with all of my experience and expertise, there are ways that my client companies can so thoroughly undermine the implementation process that the only way to dig ourselves out is through more money and time than anyone is willing to spend.

I'm a fan of the NCIS head slap. Problem is, if I really did one, my butt would land in jail and all my money would be taken by a huge lawsuit. So accept this written head slap, folks. Pay Attention! And learn from the failures of projects past.

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About Gloria Braunschweig

Gloria has experience across the full spectrum of business operations and management. Decades of experience are documented in the book Rapid Implementation, establishing Gloria as a specialists using Microsoft SQL tools for implementation, integration, and business intelligence related to Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Gloria writes and presents on lean implementation concepts and business management systems for small and mid-size businesses. 

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70% project failure

While I agree that many projects do fail, the paper you mentioned disputes the 70% failure rate. Check out the The Standish Group (there are lots of other reports, this is the first one on the search) and the reputers of the Standish Group report in this article. Standish would say 20 to 30% of projects fail and 30 to 35% succeeding and the balance are challenged. The article referenced below take Standish Group to task.

http://www.cs.vu.nl/~x/chaos/chaos.pdf

The point of this comment is that essentially the same as what you are saying, it is important to plan, etc. - but also to say that it is important to make sure that you understand what your sources of information are saying and how what they are saying applies to your situation.

Thanks for taking the time to write your article.

Ron Ketterling
Business Automation Specialists of MN, Inc.

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