ERP Project Manager Tips: What To Expect

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A few weeks ago, we covered ERP project management. We explained why it was crucial. Yet, the main goal was to set proper expectations. Thus, we didn’t cover what you need from your ERP project manager.

Today, we’re solving that. We’ll go through what makes a good project manager. For further reference, Capterra has a great breakdown. We’re also drawing from successful and failed case studies.

An ERP project manager must be committed

Firstly, commitment is critical. ERP projects take time and effort. As such, an irresponsible project manager can be costly. Commitment also goes beyond responsibility. They must feel engaged and attached to the project’s success.

They need extensive technical knowledge

However, they need more than managerial expertise. They must understand general ERP software notions. For instance, they should know standard features, benefits, and changes. That allows them to share relevant insight for the implementation process.

Your ERP project manager has to communicate effectively

Naturally, communication is vital for any project manager. For ERP integration, that’s especially true. They need to keep in touch with users, stakeholders, teams, and partners. As such, communication skills can make or break projects.

Extensive technological experience is necessary

Knowledge is one thing, yet experience is another. Sometimes, knowledge means little if it doesn’t translate into reality. Thus, it’s generally good to go for managers with larger portfolios. On the other hand, it should give you an idea. The decision depends on more factors.

Leadership and organization are crucial for an ERP project manager

Likewise, your manager must coordinate several teams and deadlines. Proper organizational skills are life-saving. They must also be able to motivate and lead different teams. Sometimes, that also includes getting higher management involved.

They must understand the project’s system

Other than general ERP knowledge, the specifics matter. You’ll fare much better with a project manager who understands your desired software. That’s another reason why a portfolio can share unique insight. Different systems have different strengths and weaknesses.

How to find the best ERP project manager

Naturally, the best strategy is to meet your prospects. You must feel comfortable with your team. Thus, you must assess them personally. Feel free to use this list as a checklist’s outline for your project.

However, you can also book a free consultation with us! Make sure to book your meeting if you need help.

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