It’s been almost a year since Sven, Sri, me and twelve contributors finished working on a manuscript for the book about SAP Activate. It went on sale under the title SAP Activate – Project Management for SAP S/4HANA in May of last year and in this blog post I want to talk about its journey. I also want to thank all our readers and share how your purchase helped make the world a better place.
The project started, just like most creative work in a small meeting over a beverage. In this instance it was a morning cup of coffee. Emily Nichols from SAPPRESS and I met in the morning, before the show floor opening at SAPPHIRE 2019 in Orlando. We started discussing ideas of how the book could look like, who it is for and what could be the structure of it. That was the inception of the project.
It excited me to have an opportunity to be part of a project that makes difference for all people implementing SAP S/4HANA solution in their business or organization. I knew I can’t do this by myself and that it will be a large undertaking. We talked about a full-size book and while I was part of several projects on full size books, I only lead one for e-bite few years earlier. I started to enlist help of my co-authors with Sven and Srini being game right from the start. But I was still at SAPPHIRE and needed to focus on the program of the day and the many customer and partner meetings that are setup each day.
I kept thinking about the book in breaks between meetings and jotted down few ideas in my phone as I moved around the show floor. After the event, on the flight home I took all these small notes and started to create mind map of what the book could look like and thought a lot more of the expert contributors that will be excited to get involved in the project and work on specific areas or topics. It ended up being a dozen names which sounded like a lot. Over the few weeks after SAPPHIRE there were many calls and e-mail exchanges to bring together the team and confirm the structure of the book. I found it stimulating to have so many people offer their help and share ideas what the