Four Keys for Building and Maintaining a Strong SAP Project Team

  • by Davin Wilfrid, Former Contributing Editor, SAP Experts
  • November 15, 2008
Management
Project managers at SAP ERP companies spend an awful lot of time planning the seamless integration of a variety of tools and technologies. However, they often devote far less time when forming their project teams.

Anurag Barua, a senior manager at a major consulting company, says project staffing failures can doom a project long before it even gets going.

“Many project managers don’t plan the composition of their team in advance, and a lot of these projects fail because the project managers didn’t find the right fit. And even if they are eventually able to find the right fit, by that point it’s too late,” says Barua.

Part of the problem, according to Barua, is that many project managers are experts at tackling technical or business issues that can be solved with software or altered processes. Building and maintaining a project team requires a different skill set entirely.

“You can change a system’s behavior, but you cannot easily change a person’s behavior,” he says.

Barua says project managers can eliminate many of these issues by understanding four basic keys to building and maintaining an SAP project team.

Davin Wilfrid

Davin Wilfrid was a writer and editor for SAPinsider and SAP Experts. He contributed case studies and research projects aimed at helping the SAP ecosystem get the most out of their existing technology investments.

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