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Is Your Program Board a Help or a Hindrance?

Is Your Program Board a Help or a Hindrance?
By Peter Osborne

Best practice in program management states that ‘Successful delivery needs an engaged senior management team as part of the Program Board’. But as someone tasked with the responsibility for delivering major change, how do you avoid your Program Board operating as a talking-shop, or worse, a forum that actually impedes program delivery?

We often work with clients to recover under-performing programs and it is clear from this experience that an effective Program Board is crucial for delivery success. The good news is that it is never too late to ‘tune’ your Program Board to help rather than hinder delivery.
Any textbook or course on program management will tell you that to ensure effective direction and control of the program, you will need a robust governance structure. This provides the framework for your decision-making process, in which all stakeholders are properly engaged in key decisions, and empowered to take those decisions along with relevant guidance to the program team. Read the Complete Article

Best Practice for Stakeholder Engagement During Program Recovery

Best Practice for Stakeholder Engagement During Program Recovery
By Peter Osborne

If a program of change is put into recovery, stakeholders will inevitably play a critical role in getting it back on track. Their commitment and engagement can make the difference between a project or program’s ultimate success or failure. In order to recover the identity and integrity of a program, project management need to ensure influential stakeholders use their authority and leadership to clear a path back to successful delivery. Peter Osborne of LOC Consulting examines best practices for effective stakeholder re-engagement when the current approach has failed.

Establish terms of reference for stakeholders

Project management must consider stakeholders as operating along two axes of interest and influence. The process of developing a RACI chart will help identify and define the different interests and influences of stakeholders, as well as their level of involvement. Clear roles, responsibilities and accountabilities are key to delivering a successful program. Read the Complete Article

How Do You Know if Your Project Has Lost Direction or Risks Failure?

How Do You Know if Your Project Has Lost Direction or Risks Failure?
By Peter Osborne

Every program or project requires a clear and viable business case supported by effective sponsorship and proactive leadership if it is to be economically and expediently delivered. But these factors alone do not necessarily guarantee success. Peter Osborne of LOC Consulting identifies the fundamental areas in which delivery issues can arise, and discusses the five questions program sponsors should ask to establish whether a health check or recovery may be necessary.

  • Leadership – Are the right leaders with the right skills in place?

    Companies often appoint senior personnel to manage projects based on availability or cost, rather than experience or skills. If a leader isn’t suitable, the project and the team can lack clarity of purpose in that approach, governance flaws emerge, and people become disengaged with the project. At this point, the delivery culture fails and the project or program dissolves into disarray.

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Giving Projects A Clean Bill Of Health

Giving Projects A Clean Bill Of Health
By Peter Osborne

IT-led business change programs and projects continue to fail, yet many of the common pitfalls could easily be avoided by undertaking a ‘health check’ regularly and acting early on the intelligence it provides.

In this article, I will examine the early warning signs a health check can reveal and how organizations should respond to the identified issues to achieve a successful outcome.

Performing a review or ‘health check’ of a project on a regular basis is a relatively simple and inexpensive exercise when compared to the multi-million pounds that are at stake. A health check provides stakeholders; sponsors; those tasked with managing the delivery; and impacted employees with peace of mind that the business benefits will be realized within the given time and resource constraints. Yet in the same way that most people only go to the doctor when they feel ill, the majority of organizations only perform a health check if they believe that something is fundamentally wrong. Read the Complete Article

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