ERP methodology is a type of management software that businesses and organizations use to manage day-to-day business activities. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) handles such activities such as project management, supply chain operations, accounting, risk management, and compliance. This software is useful to both small and large businesses alike.
Implementing an ERP system involves installing software that fits your company, transferring over your own data into the new system, and customizing the process so that your team can configure the process. You will also have to select your team and users for the operation and train them on the chosen software. Choosing the right manufacturing execution system is almost as important as choosing the right software in the first place.
Waterfall vs. Agile approach.
In ERP implementation methodology, there are two popular formats. Waterfall and Agile. These processes are commonly applied to software development and project management as well. The most considerable difference is that agile projects are completed in a cycle, test, alter, release, in small sections one at a time. Waterfall projects are completed sequentially without much in terms of flexibility.
Both methodologies carry their own set of disadvantages and advantages, and both can be beneficial in the software development process. What will work best for your company will depend on the project type and circumstances.
The Waterfall process is the older and more traditional approach. It’s a simple and streamlined process that was expensive to the point of being over the budget, highly technical, and consumed tremendous amounts of time. The Waterfall process is a linear process that is easy to manage and utilizes less staff. If anything needed to be changed, the downside was that the entire process would need to be reworked, using more resources.
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Agile is a newer implementation than the Waterfall method. Agile methodology has been around since the early 2000s. The Agile type of development relied upon teams’ collaboration to deliver small working segments of the software in shorter periods. Self-organized teams and short sprints blended with the testing resulted in superior software provided in a shorter time with a lower cost. Working on the smaller sprints saves the cost of having to rework the entire plan to make any changes. Sprints allow for continuous adaptation to the plan based on the needs of the business.
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The question to ask at this step is less about “should we” but rather more about “what should ERP be implemented for.” Every desired feature has its own Product Backlog Creation or story. Your team of managers can define who they want to optimize the system to automate for the desired outcome as much as possible. Identify your products in a way to keep them organized.
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Unlike the streamlined method of Waterfall, Agile implantation software methodology relies on change and flexibility. The process helps to hone and customize the programming of the ERP segments throughout the entire process. This system of small batch testing is less costly instead of reworking the whole live system.
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