“A gold standard cock up”

I was listening to an MP who was really critical of people changing the goalposts keeping adding elements as though it were a Christmas tree.

During the interview he mentioned the constant changes to the original project which he felt led to “a gold standard cock up”.

All too often I ask senior managers and project managers what processes are in place to manage changes (changing the goalposts) within projects. The most frequent response is a shrug of the shoulders signifying there is no agreed process.

Maybe then there are further opportunities out there for more “gold standard cock ups”

The word scope creep is often used on our courses; by participants. They see projects slowly creep away from their original scope brought about by key stakeholders and senior managers. But, because there is no overall change control process they fail to recognise the impact on the overall project. Interesting to note that some of the changes we hear of are projects in their own right, but the project manager incorporates the changes without any link to budget, delivery, risk etc.

Now some of you will be saying that this is up to the project manager to manage stakeholders and senior managers ensuring the project scope is delivered. But and it is a big but, there needs to be some processes in place to support them. Without a process to manage changes you have a senior manager or stakeholder really pushing to have the change(s) incorporated into the project.

Now, before people tell me that they do not want some complex bureaucratic system put in place, I have developed a simple process that may help you! Fashion it to your needs – the project or the organisation. Click on the following link and it and it will take you directly to a simple process with a couple of forms to help you in creating a process for your project or organisation. Click here. Let me know what you think!

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