The attached article (pdf download) is a summary of our 10th July workshop for Senior Responsible Owners (SROs) to identify practical ways they can help to improve delivery of project and programme benefits. The workshop was jointly run by Proving Services, ICD Consulting and Improvement Skills Consulting.
The need to articulate benefits clearly, measure them and ensure they are realised is a key area of focus at present in most public sector organisations, especially with challenging budget reductions requiring every senior manager to consider which investments make sense.
In response to a number of high profile failures of projects and programmes there is an increased level of scrutiny being applied across the public sector both to IT and non IT programmes and projects.
Our guest speaker was Stephen Jenner, formerly head of the Criminal Justice System IT Portfolio (£2Bn investment) who was infamously described as the “Rottweiler of Benefits Management”.
It is nine years since the McCartney Report recommended the creation of a Senior Responsible Owner role to be the single point of accountability in a project. The Report also recommended that those involved in projects should receive appropriate training and that the SRO should ensure a formal approach is taken for project management. At the time, it didn’t differentiate between Projects and Programmes and therefore the role required in each. We are focusing on SRO, but the principles apply equally to the role of Project Executive/Sponsor/Champion depending on the methodology you use.
The SRO is personally responsible for the success of a project and this article, based on our workshop will show you practical steps you can take to maximise the chances of success in your role. In this article you will identify:
- The characteristics of the four different types of project in your portfolio which an SRO might need to lead and the implications for your role
- What benefits realisation really means and your role in achieving it
- What you need to do at each stage of the project lifecycle and how to avoid the “fog” of project bureaucracy
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