Implementation of SAP projects are possible in Agile way. But it is not that straight though. It requires adopting a little different approach, to be successful in Agile. This session attempts to build on the experience gained in the implementation of SAP projects following Agile. The session deals about the challenges faced and the solutions provided during different phases of Agile implementation. The presenter wants to share his experience on the implementation of SAP projects, following Agile.


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Advantages of following Agile in implementing SAP.

Agile implementation phases

Typical challenges in implementing Agile in SAP projects and suggested solutions

Conditions for success.

Learning Outcome

How to apply Agile in implementation of SAP projects?

Likely challenges and suggested solutions

How different is Agile in SAP projects compared to other projects.


Target Audience

Agile practitioners who are getting into SAP projects

schedule Submitted 5 years ago

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