The room was booked, food and coffees organised, people invited and agenda and minutes distributed. But, what’s it all for and more importantly, was it worth it?
- There were 10 people on the Project Board and Departmental substitutes regularly came along and took more or less the whole meeting to get up to speed. The same 10 people rarely attended.
- The Board often deferred decisions until the substitute took back issues to get a decision
- The meeting lasted all day
- The chair of the Board did not seem to realise that its role was to make decisions around a key strategic project. Decision making was effectively being strangled by a lack of decision making and the project was in danger of being delivered late because of this
- There was a lack of honesty around the project with key problems being sidestepped
- The blame culture took over…..the chair looked for those to blame rather than trying to resolve some tricky problems
Now before you all throw your hands up with horror it is important so say this is not one Project Board. The above comments are from a number of people who have come along to our project management courses and given the information openly. The above is a selection of several more bad examples of Project Board practices.
So, what are your tips for having effective Project Boards? Let’s hear about your good practices……