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PRINCE2 for SAP ERP implementations?

I am preparing the post about experiences with PRINCE2 used to SAP ERP implementations but first I’d like to ask for your experiences. My thesis is that ASAP is set of best practices adopted to SAP implementations and it is fully sufficient and accurate for successful SAP implementations. PRINCE2 is complete method for administrating (control) of (mainly IT) projects in public sector and adopting it on the top of ASAP or replacing ASAP may produce interferences. It is trendy now to use PRINCE2 but (fortunately?) in practice the use of PRINCE2 by SAP ERP imlpelemntations is only PINO. What are your experiences?

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  • Posted on Oct 08, 2012 at 04:51 PM

    Hi Waldemar,

    glad you are willing to share your plans with the rest of us and i agree that ASAP is sufficient for Agile, PMBOK, and probably PRINCE2 methods. i think it's good to know all of them, but the knowledge itself is not sufficent for successful execution of all projects, big and small. IMHO, they serve as a good starting point and health check during the execution of the plans and may work better within a particular management style, but not in absolute terms.

    my 2 cents,


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    • Dear Casper,

      now only short to your point - as you can see Alexey is giving the example how to merge. I thing there is no conflict between ASAP and PRINCE2. The problem may be that this two are in some layers different and that differences may disturb.

      The other questions is: are SAP implementations worth to be named "projects" or are they some kind of rutine replicable work? Are they still uniqual and so on what creates risk? If yes the use of PRINCE2 may strengthen the control. If not the use of PRINCE2 and in conequence the control is overdriven and the implementation has bigger cost.

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    Posted on Apr 03, 2013 at 08:23 AM

    Hi Waldemar,

    As far I experienced, PRINCE2 gives more control over resources and keeps customer project manager in track from various aspects of projects such as Quality, Maintaining Goal etc...While ASAP gives control over project team and keeps team members in track, which helps them to get assurance. As you said earlier, I don't think any of them can work perfectly, So I would make a hybrid model to execute projects on right direction. You are right that we have to do lots of documentation and its time consuming but it gives assurance.



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    • Former Member Waldemar Falinski

      Good to hear from you Waldek,

      You are absolutely right - those two are complimentary. Yep, PRINCE2 management stages and work packages are different from technical stages - they can have 1-to-1 or m-to-n relationships and can be aligned or can run in parallel with some overlaps.



  • Posted on Apr 06, 2014 at 03:48 PM

    Dear Colleagues,

    I am making now the project where I am merging PRINCE2 with ASAP and that’s works fine so far. I will make entries with experiences with this journey and will be happy to read your comments. Please look on my two entries about:

    1. PRINCE2 as the project communication language (at least in Europe):

    PRINCE2 for SAP implementations (including ERP)

    2. Work Packages (as defined in PRINCE2) as the right vehicles for effective organization of the work on the project:

    ASAP, PRINCE2 and EVA: Work Packages as the way to distribute effective the project work among time.

    Thank you for your support!



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