Keep Your Training Life Cycle On Track So It Doesn't Delay Your Project

  • by AbduNaser Shhub, SAP Trainer
  • November 12, 2013
It is important for the sake of project success that training activities begin and end at the times initially planned. A delay in training can have a negative impact on the project’s budget, scope, and time. In this case study of a six-month SAP project, I found that the cost of training can go up by 30 percent when training is delayed by three months. Project sponsors and training professionals should anticipate the possibility of training delays due to unexpected issues. In such cases, alternative plans should always be in place to deal with the situation.

Training is an important component in any SAP project implementation. The objective of training is to make sure that the end users are ready and able to use the new SAP system to perform successfully in their jobs. Training, development, and delivery are usually completed before the SAP project’s go-live date.

A typical SAP project consists of several phases and training activities that usually begin during the Business Blueprint phase. In the ideal situation, all the phases of the training process could be considered a project within the larger SAP project. Quite often, training interfaces with the SAP project activities throughout the process and training deliverables can depend upon data from the concurrent SAP project.

However, what if the start of training is delayed beyond the planned date? How does this affect the outcome of the SAP project? To study the impact of a delayed training session, I show an example of a typical six-month-old SAP project in which the start of training is delayed. I make a comparison between three training scenarios and examine the effect on the three main elements of budget, scope, and time.

AbduNaser Shhub

AbduNaser Shhub has more than 15 years of experience in training, teaching, and academic research. He has spent seven years in managing training programs and developing training courses that are related to various SAP modules. He holds a Ph.D, MSc., and a BSc. in nuclear engineering and has four SAP consultant certificates in SAP ERP HCM, SAP CRM, SAP SRM, and SAP SCM.

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