Oracle Financials Consultancy and PRINCE2
A guide to the soft skills requiredby Tony Wilson
Oracle financials consultancy or using the PRINCE2 methodology isn't only a matter of providing the client with a hard core of functional and technical competences.
The client has embarked on a journey to the "promised land" of best practice, which involves a trek through the harsh terrain of change management. In addition to revising systems and processes, Oracle financials consultancy and using the PRINCE2 methodology both also involve:
What soft skills ?The soft skills I am talking about here are those associated with Project Management:
- Winner ownership of and commitment to a common goal or purpose
- Managing team and client dynamics
- Creating a people centred as well as task centred approach
- Adopting/living out the client's team or organization culture, to maintain a consistent way of working
- Empowering yourself and others to achieve the objective
- Achieving consistent follow through
Methodologies to drive soft skillsPRINCE2 is the " Projects In a Controlled Environment" methodology supported by the UK Office of Government Commerce. The keypoint of PRINCE2 is that it focuses on the best practice of managing a project rather than just the specialist deliverables. Following its guidelines is the best way I know of systematically capturing all of the "softer" elements of good project management. It starts with the "Business Case" which says why the benefits are worth the effort - and this case can be used to win commitment from all those involved in the project. It also provides a common way of working that brings together a wealth of experience on delivering the desired result, which if followed through encourages better teamwork and working relationships.
Another approach that can be used is Oracle's AIM. AIM is the Oracle Application Implementation Methodology published by Oracle Corporation itself. It focuses on all of the predictable or common elements of specialist deliverables in support of PRINCE2, with excellent document templates in particular for the products to be delivered.
Both PRINCE2 and AIM should be used as guiding beacons from the outset, for both aspects of the project: tangible deliverables and soft skills. For example, you should ensure that all those involved in the project receive some element of training or familiarisation with the process. This creates a common approach - a shared way of working - a team technology. Ultimately, this will reward the client in helping the team to pull consisently in the same direction, perform at a consistently high level and thereby deliver optimal results for the business.
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