Staying on Track with Project Metrics

Asia YavorskyyBlog, project management, project metrics

What measurements drive your actions? If you’re like me, you are constantly measuring all aspects of your daily activities. Did I clear my “to do” list by the end of the day?  How many connections do I have on LinkedIn? Did I hit my exercise goals for the week?  Did I meet expectations, exceed expectations or do I still need improvement? Probably yes, yes and yes.  We use these metrics to determine success in all areas of our life. These metrics are no different for the companies we work with. Most of you are probably familiar with the frequently mentioned mantras such as “What gets measured gets done” or “Measure what matters”. There is some truth in these popular sayings, but how we use these “measures” is what truly drives results. Since projects or initiatives make up a significant part of what we do, it’s important to have appropriate quantitative and qualitative measures that tie to the overall objectives, to ensure we stay on track and realize the project goals. We are wired to keep score Perhaps the easiest way to accomplish score keeping is by using numeric data to track our achievements. Using visual representations to show progress in a team environment for tasks, milestones or timelines can be a very effective way to highlight the status of a project.  It is important to show progress; it provides motivation, boosts team morale and keeps focus on the work in front of the team. However, while it is important to understand the number of tasks or activities that have been completed or where we are on the project timeline, this could be misleading. If progress is being made at the expense of quality, we may need to rethink our approach. Measuring the quality of the work being delivered provides a more complete perspective on the state of the project. Quality does not necessarily equate to qualitative measures. This is important as well, but we will leave that for another post. Just because we are tracking quality doesn’t mean we can’t use quantitative measures. It is important to include hard statistics to manage the accuracy and completeness of deliverables across all phases of the project. If the solutions are not complete, simply don’t meet the business requirements or the rate of defects is too high, it will lead to extended timelines and increased costs (even if the timeline may show the tasks as being completed). Quality should be the cornerstone that holds our projects together and defines how our work will be perceived. If not, we may just be throwing money down the drain! Show Me the Money When we talk about project metrics, there may not be a more visible measure than the budget. This is the one area that the executives and sponsors will scrutinize more than any other. Sure, they want the project to be completed on time but in most cases this is really an exercise in cost containment. After all, we have been conditioned to equate […]

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Are you Enthusiastic about Your Product? – Terry Wireman Blog Series

Sarah Cloutier

Terry Wireman – In reviewing some of the texts on my bookshelf, I pulled down “8 Patterns of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs” By Brent Bowers.  Thumbing through the text, I remember that I always felt pattern # 6 – “A Natural High” should apply to many people in the maintenance, reliability, asset management, or EAM community.  […]

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The 411 on SAP’s FMS, the Vertical Retail Solution

Sarah CloutierRetail, Retail Technology

Technology is constantly evolving and enhancing our everyday life. In the business world we are now able to capture massive amounts of big data that can be used to run everyday business operations. Technology enables us to utilize and leverage all this data in a more simplistic and digestible way. SAP has been the leader for […]

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Is the “Best” really “Better”?

Sarah Cloutierasset management, Maintenance Project, Plant Maintenance, Reliability, SAP, SAP Partner, Terry Wireman, Vesta Blog

In his book “The Real Truth about Success”, author Garrison Wynn discusses the “Lies We Believe” on pages 3 – 10.  One of the Lies he discusses is: “To Have Greater Influence, What You Have to Offer Must Be Bigger, Better, More Advanced, or Greatly Enhanced to Surpass the Competition.” To illustrate his point, he […]

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/N SPRO Named in 25 Most Promising SAP Support & Services Providers for 2015

Asia YavorskyyNews & Announcements

/N SPRO has been named as one of OutSourcing Gazette’s 25 most Promising SAP Support & Services Providers for 2015. As one of the largest multinational software companies in the world, SAP provides a broad spectrum of enterprise software solutions to organizations of all sizes across the globe. With a product offering spanning 37+ business solutions, 11+ industry solutions, 4 distinct platforms/frameworks and 8 other proprietary technologies, it can be daunting to even begin to understand what the SAP offering is, let alone how SAP solutions can improve your business. When you factor in the complex structure of most enterprise systems as well as the functional and technical configuration requirements, the benefit of engaging consulting firms that specialize in helping companies succeed with these technologies becomes clear. One such company specializing in SAP HCM and Retail solutions is Montreal, QC & Stamford, CT based /N SPRO. /N SPRO was founded in 2003 after co-founders Luc Hédou and John Sanderson, current HCM president and EVP respectively, identified a niche opportunity in the market surrounding the implementation and support of SAP ERP Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions. In the time since inception, the company has grown around the principle of being “specialists, not generalists”, expanding the HCM practice in a focused manner beyond the original On-premise SAP HCM solution offering to specialize in SAP Success Factors Cloud HCM, hybrid SAP ERP HCM and Success Factors deployments, as well as building innovative product extensions and mobile applications for the SAP HCM solutions. With the acquisition of Dey Fischer in 2011,/N SPRO Retail was created as a second specialized division focusing on SAP Retail & Wholesale solutions, headed up by Retail President Steve Hatcher. The Retail and Wholesale services offered by /N SPRO Retail include SAP Customer Activity Repository (CAR), Fashion Management Solution (FMS), SAP Campaign Management Solution, SAP Forecasting & Replenishment (F&R) and mobile solutions which enable clients to gain and execute actionable insights in a highly competitive industry. “At /N SPRO, all of our service offerings have been created to fill a gap in the marketplace, where our subject matter experts provide both technical and functional expertise in these SAP focused solution areas,” says Hédou. Beyond Retail & HCM implementation-specific offerings, the company also provides business consulting services, custom extension or mobile development on the innovative SAP HANA Cloud Platform, as well as a customizable service desk offering to support clients post go-live. /N SPRO provides clients with customized post implementation sustainment services, including incident management, application improvement, SAP / SF Guidance, continuous training, development services and small evolution/improvement projects. This end-to-end approach enables /N SPRO to provide highly specialized services in the HCM & Retail spaces, while supporting clients across 35 countries at all stages of the customer and project lifecycle. Article originally printed on OutSourcing Gazette.

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ASUG SAP EAM Day of Sharing

Sarah Cloutier

With 2016 approaching Vesta Partners is proud to announce our participation in ASUG & SAP Enterprise Asset Management Day of Sharing Track. These events bring our SAP EAM Community together to share, learn, and stay connected. Some of the topics this year include: Getting real insights on your assets with SAP Enterprise Asset Management Using […]

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Maintenance and Reliability Restructuring Let’s Change It – Because I said so!!

Sarah Cloutierasset management, EAM, Plant Maintenance, Reliability, SAP, SAP Asset Management, SAP Partner, Terry Wireman, Vesta Blog

This statement seems to be a common when organizations restructure.  This is especially true when it comes to maintenance and reliability organizations.  New executive management arrives with preconceived ideas of how maintenance and reliability organizations should be structured.  They want to change what is existing in the new company they are now managing to match […]

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Maintenance and Reliability Restructuring Let’s Change It – Because I said so!!

Sarah Cloutierasset management, EAM, Plant Maintenance, Reliability, SAP, SAP Asset Management, SAP Partner, Terry Wireman, Vesta Blog

This statement seems to be a common when organizations restructure.  This is especially true when it comes to maintenance and reliability organizations.  New executive management arrives with preconceived ideas of how maintenance and reliability organizations should be structured.  They want to change what is existing in the new company they are now managing to match […]

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