Don’t bad mouth SAP project managers to me!

When I was a SAP engagement manager, many SAP customers used to complain to me about SAP’s project management capabilities with the lament:

If only you could manage projects as well as your implementation partners do!

I always thought that jab at SAP was hooey.  And now that I am a customer of two SAP implementation partners on SAP and non-SAP projects, I can confirm that it is hooey.  They struggle with “real” projects — where there isn’t a well-tested, industrialized implementation roadmap — at least as much as we did, if not more. 

I’ll repeat the offer I made to one of my past SAP PMO colleagues: if you hear anyone make the claim above, I’ll set them straight.

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