Success factors in multinational IT projects – Lecture by Mr Melega at IBM Tririga Conference 2015
At the first IBM TRIRIGA User Conference D/A/CH in Stuttgart, effective HR solutions managing director Mirco Melega gave a lecture entitled “The importance of operational co-determination and change management for the success of IT projects in a multinational context”.
“Unfortunately, international project partners are often unaware of the statutory co-determination rights in Germany, and these are therefore completely underestimated!” explained Mr Melega in one of his key statements. “With the right planning, the statutory co-determination rights can be constructively introduced into the project planning”, he continued.
In his introduction, Mr Melega explained to the conference participants the necessity of dealing with the issue of the different cultures represented by the countries and companies involved in the project using examples from practice. After presenting the typical problems and mistakes, he described the various solution approaches and gave some tips on implementing an intercultural management method. He stressed that project staff and especially the project manager need intercultural skills in order to ensure the success of IT projects in a multinational environment.
In the last part of the lecture, he made it clear to the audience that introducing new software systems always constitutes an organisational intervention which will almost always meet with resistance from those affected by the change. This resistance by project participants, but especially by the end users of the software to be introduced, must be taken very seriously so as not to jeopardise the success of the project. “And that’s why”, Mr Melega continued, “a project-related change management solution is absolutely essential for effective stakeholder management, in order to effectively and successfully accompany the change. Integrating all the parties involved at an early stage and ensuring comprehensive and, above all, early communication will significantly increase acceptance!”
The first IBM TRIRIGA User Conference D/A/CH was held in parallel with the IBM Maximo User Conference D/A/CH from 20 to 21 May 2015 in Ehningen/Stuttgart. Find out more about the event here.
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