Crazy Projects, Meeting Mania and Seeing the Future

Meeting Mania

I recently came across an email with a Quote from a daily progress meeting (by the project manager ) which I had forgotten about:

"We are going to continue having these meetings, everyday, until I find out why no work is getting done."

This was a project from hell. We did great work and I have good memories from it, but it landed my client colleague in hospital and caused quite a few resignations from the consulting partner (I was an independent). We were taking 3 countries live per month !!! Risky business.

End result: Project ran out of budget for the year, was scaled back from about 50 consultants to 5, project manager left or was asked to leave. The project was eventually restarted with a new budget the following year and went live later that year.

This has been a particularly crazy week with meetings galore and very little progress. It is a fine line of when are there too many meetings. On the one hand, it is very useful to sit in on meeting to find out what others are doing and dealing with. On the other hand, you need to decide when they actually add value to your part of the implementation.

Meaningless Meetings

Meaningless Meetings

As SAP is an integrated beast (which is a blessing and a curse in itself), I have often been amazed at how just picking one thing up in a seemingly unrelated meeting, can make all the difference in the world. It would be nice if you knew in advance what that thing was and arrive just in time, spend 5 minutes instead of 90 minutes .

We almost need a dedicated resource who can read the future so that you can co-ordinate you entry and exit to meetings, and spend the other 85 minutes doing some other productive work.

I wonder how we could sell getting this person on board . They would certainly be worth the money.

That’s all for now. It’s 4.00 am am I am “Sleepless in Boston”.

The SAPGuy