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5 tips to improve public sector projects

Making_the_gamesAccording to this recent report in the Guardian the Institute for Government’s Making the Games report identified a series of simple lessons that could improve public sector projects.

Five tips summarised by the Guardian are:

  • Get a realistic budget in place and manage it transparently
  • Quangos do work – if they are clear about roles and have the right powers
  • Bring together the best people, in mixed teams
  • Get the politics right
  • Stability matters

It’s interesting that four of the five are about people and relationships.  They’re not about Project processes and methodologies.  Not once does the report mention “Managing Successful Programmes” or “PRINCE2”.

The report concludes:

There are clear lessons from the Olympics that can be transferred directly to other major sporting
projects. The question is whether they have more general applicability. There is undoubtedly a certain
amount of Olympic exceptionalism in this project: the external commitments; the hardness of the
deadline; and the pulling power of the Olympics themselves and the degree of political consensus. But
we believe many of the lessons we draw out above can and should be applied to future projects.

It’s worth reading the full report (or at least the Exec Summary) which you can download here.

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