Yesterday, I attended an excellent lecture at the monthly breakfast roundtable for PMI (Project Management Institute) Finland, primarily because I was interested more in how other project managers operate in their companies and the types of projects they develop.
The appropriately named “How SAP upgrade became Wärtsilä’s best IT project ever” was lecture given by Marc Hebets, PMP, who was involved in this particular upgrade project. At Wärtsilä, they faced a situation where there SAP system was facing loss of support, affecting over 11000 users. Perhaps the most important takeaway from his lecture was the focus on fundamentals. It is easy to get involved in the technical tools and excitement during the project implementation, but ensuring that you have the right people involved and the project goals communicated are most important.
Next month, I will have a recording of the lecture uploaded on YouTube.