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Being Agile with BPC – Why Agile?

Rhys Blyth Monday, April 16, 2018 Blog

We all know that Accelerated SAP (ASAP) is “a golden standard” for SAP implementations. However, did you know that Agile can be a very efficient methodology for SAP BPC implementations as well? In this series of articles, I will share with you the lessons learned and show how Agile can work better than ASAP.

ASAP is efficient when we can define a clear project scope and the client knows exactly what they want. We also assume we will be able to capture all business processes adequately and build a design flexible enough to be extended at a later stage. ASAP is perfect when we have enough time to execute all required procedures: requirements-capture, analysis, design, coding/configuration, and testing in a strict, pre-planned sequence.

The reality is, is that clients add more and more requirements while they learn the system. In case of my client, there was no clarity around a scope and the number of associate companies involved, no details on potential differences in associate companies’ processes, confusion around planning and forecasting methodology, and hundreds of spreadsheets with tonnes of manually adjusted plans! Regardless, we needed to start right away and it had to be a success.

As a project manager and architect I was asked to concentrate on the following:

  • Implement the most important blocks of a planning system and release them as soon as possible.
  • Start leveraging from BPC automation compared to multiple hardly managed offline Excel Workbooks.
  • Integrate with the accounting system and bring actuals immediately with every released block.
  • Provide the basic analytical capabilities as soon as possible.
  • Transfer knowledge to business users and assist them with learning the basics of BPC Administration.
  • Add additional blocks of the system when the core planning and forecasting functionality is configured.
  • Update the board of the project on a weekly basis and adjust the design if requested.

Sounds familiar? The client also wanted to concentrate on the value deliveryunderstand what they were paying for, and see the results.

I remember the feeling when I was discussing the approach with the project board. My approach that was opposite to what SAP had advised. However, taking into account all limitations and requirements, it seemed like the most effective and the only working option.

The customer needed a simple, flexible, engaging, transparent and iterative process. Agile was going to be the answer.

 Andrei Loginovskiy

Andrei is a passionate Certified SAP expert, IPMA project manager and experienced Team Lead with over 10 years of proven service delivery. One of Plaut’s resident SAP BPC specialists, Andrei also holds a degree in Finance and Master’s in Radiophysics and Computer Technologies. 

Click here to get in touch with Andrei.

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