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Using the best of agile on your ERP project

ERP projects haven’t historically leant themselves to the use of agile philosophies and techniques. The concepts of variable scope, experimentation, a “minimum viable product”( MVP), and frequent small releases are more readily aligned to consumer-facing apps and digital offerings.

But evolving requirements and the need for more frequent change are increasingly seen as the norm in enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects, as organisations are having to adapt to accommodate increased regulatory demands, security challenges, and the need to integrate their digital and back-office estates -  as well as to cope with organic growth and the pressure 
to replace legacy systems.

Perhaps you’ve read how ‘digital native’ companies like Spotify  and Uber deliver their technology-enabled change with agile? Maybe you’ve tried it for yourself in a few bespoke builds around your organisation, and you’ve got a feel for it and the benefits it brings. But which parts of agile – tools, methods, techniques, organisational constructs – work best in an ERP project?

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