Note the title, it is a report on projects, and an honest one!
Most of the people we speak seem not to formally close projects. In one persons words they simply dribble on and on and one…
So, a report on key projects implemented in 2007 is something that is welcome. It is even more welcome when it is openly published for everyone, not limited to those in the organisation, to see and learn from.
Who published the report? It comes from the Identity and Passport Office (IPS). The report openly examines each project’s objectives, deliverables, and areas for improvement. It makes a number of recommendations and also highlights project successes.
I have said before that we need to learn from each other so here are some of the comments that came from the report:
- following a business justification review …the IPS decided to cancel the EPA2 project…on the grounds that it was no longer viable due to rising costs and too short a period to recover the investment….
- the IPS has demonstrated it can successfully manage high profile complex projects to a high standard. But not on a consistent basis.
- …This timetable slipped because this plan was too ambitious…
- Stakeholder engagement from the project was insufficient. Many stakeholders felt that clearer direction was needed from the project as to the level of commitment required.
The key questions for you are how much do you review projects; during the project and at their closure? Do you hold formal project closure meetings? How useful are these meetings? Do you provide a final project report which is open to all people? How do you share the learning?
Too often we find the same mistakes being made in the same organisations. One mistake stopped can save much time and money and free up valuable resources resources. Read the report here