There are number of people on a project team that are vital to success - just like a football team playing without a goalkeeper if you leave one of these people out then you risk a failed project!
The Sponsor - Sometimes called 'The project owner' they take ultimate responsibility for the project. They will often kick it off, will present the business case to the board and provide the regular updates. Their job is to remove roadblocks, provide motivation and be the champion for the entire scheme. They set the tone and a good project sponsor is worth their weight in gold.
The Project Manager - An experienced project manager will be the person who plans and runs the project. They will help build the team and continue to provide controls over the budget and work packages on a say to day basis. They enact the sponsor and steering group's decisions an provide feedback and feedforward throughout the teams.
The Specialist - You'll need specialists in functional areas on your project teams. People like finance, operations, HR, payroll are all vital to getting the full picture to ensure that your system is correctly set up.
The Independent Consultant - Someone who has experience from prior projects and different industries. They can bring best practice information to the table and also stay on the side of the company by giving totally independent and unbiased advice.
The Software Consultant - Provided by the vendor company they bring the in depth knowledge of the project and information regarding specific requirements of the software. They will also provide the link between the project and the vendor company.
The Tester - Typically the project will employ people at all levels throughout the organisation and in all departments to make sure that the test system provided does what it says on the tin. They can also be utilised to spread communication to the wider user community about how the project is going,
The Stakeholder - People often think that stakeholders are just people in senior positions but that couldn't be further from the truth. A stakeholder is anyone that has any contact or interest in the system you are putting in. A stakeholder will usually be board members who may not use the system but will want to see a good return on investment, Staff members who will want a system that is easy to use, managers who will want to ensure that controls and reporting are robust, suppliers and clients who may well integrate with the system electronically through order placement and payment services and anyone else who comes into contact with your new software. Each company will have its own stakeholder list and it is always a good idea to think about how you will communicate with them before during and after the project.
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