There are two questions that are top of mind when it comes to any software implementation: How long will it take? And, how much will it cost? Incorporate these best practices into your project to create and execute a solid project plan that answers both of these questions.

Business Analysis

An important step that is often overlooked in a software implementation project is the business analysis phase. Take the time to analyze your current business processes and to identify your current and day-forward business needs. Approaching a project from this angle ensures that the technology solution proposed meets both your business’s current and day-forward business needs.

Clearly Defined Project Scope and Schedule

Once business needs are established and a solution is proposed, it is important that a clearly defined project scope and schedule are developed and shared with key stakeholders within the organization. Having clear expectations of what will, and will not, be delivered as part of the project will keep changes to the scope to a minimum—reducing implementation timelines and increasing project cost savings. Buy-in from key stakeholders, and the project team, on key deadlines sets expectations, as well as ensures that everyone is aware of essential project milestones.

Open Communication

In addition to a comprehensive project management plan, a key component of keeping your project on track is clear and open communication throughout the project. Being available for weekly updates or project calls with your internal and external project teams means everyone involved with the project receives the information they need in order to complete their tasks.

By following these best practices, you can ensure that the solution delivered not only meets business needs, but also is delivered on time and within budget.