1994 marks the inauguration of the North American Free Trade Agreement. A liter of gas was selling for fifty-five cents and the Big Mac™ a little over a dollar. It is also the time when Sylvain made his entry into the ERP (Entreprise Requirement Planning) software universe.
The Big Mac stayed pretty much the same, it seems, but the ERP industry has greatly evolved, most notably due to the lightning-fast evolution of technology.
If you are facing an ERP deployment, you are probably already feeling the stress and pressure that comes with it. This book is meant to help you make sense of it all in a brief, lighthearted, and yet effective way.
To get a preview, read the series of blogs in which Sylvain Lafond shares his experience as an ERP integration expert.
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“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” – Jim Rohn
Key takeaway: Time, a rare commodity, needs to be managed effectively if you want to ensure the success of your project.
Have you heard this one: “Chuck Norris doesn’t wear a watch, he simply decides what time it is”? Sadly, you are not Chuck Norris, and as such, you must manage and control your time very well. Along with scope and budget, time is the third element that needs to be balanced and controlled by effective project management.
It is not easy for anyone to anticipate the future. As you plan your project, you must do your best in evaluating the tasks that are required and the time to accomplish them. Any project worth the name should include a project schedule. To do so, you can rely on scheduling tools, like Gantt or PERT charts.
A Gantt chart is a graphical scheduling tool devised by Henry Gantt in the 1910s. His idea must have been pure genius if we are still using it today. Tasks are listed top to bottom and each is represented by a bar across a timeline. For each task, start and end dates are tracked as well as the relationships that exist between each task.
The most common Gantt chart tool has to be Microsoft Project, and this planning method is also the most popular.
About the Author
Founder and leader of Vokeso, Sylvain Lafond has been successfully working in the ERP industry for more than twenty years now. He has gained valuable experience and insight while participating in a multitude of projects and deployments, serving his customers in various technical and functional roles. This varied contribution coupled with an international career have provided a rich background from which examples could be drawn to write this book.