The National Audit Office (NAO) carried out a survey of SROs in 2006 to find out more about the role and how well it was being carried out in the public sector. They discovered:
- 75 per cent of Senior Responsible Owners spent a minority of their time on their role; for 45% they spend less than a fifth of their time on the role
- 53 per cent of Senior Responsible Owners of mission critical and high risk programmes and projects are in their first Senior Responsible Owner role
- 13–23 per cent of Senior Responsible Owners had not used relevant guidance of the Office of Government Commerce
They concluded that “Lack of relevant experience, combined with a regular turnover of post-holders, adds unnecessary risk (to projects).”
The actions of SROs and failures of major public sector projects have also come under the scrutiny of the Public Accounts Committee. There is an expectation that well-run programmes/projects will have effective SROs and those that fail may well be scrutinised under the glare of the PAC. Not a great place to be!
Find out more about how to succeed as an SRO at our 10th July Workshop. We still have some places available.
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