Saturday, 11 March 2017

Analytics example

Friday, 1 May 2015

project success
Effie Konstantinou from University College London and Ben Brownlee from the BBC have been researching what makes projects and programmes successful across the broadcasting and media industries.  They have researched: 

  1. Conditions for project success
  2. The nature of professionalism 
  3. The value of successful projects and professionalism

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Common Causes of Project Failure

In 2004, the Office of Government Commerce and the NAO published the now well known common causes of failure for major 'acquisition-based' programmes and projects. While project practitioners have since extended this list, here's a summary of the common causes which remains a useful checklist for all major projects and programmes.
These are the common causes of failure to proactively avoid:
  1. Alignment - Lack of clear link between the project and the organisation’s key strategic priorities, including agreed measures of success.
  2. Sponsorship - Lack of clear senior management and (Ministerial) ownership and leadership.
  3. Engagement - Lack of effective engagement with stakeholders.
  4. Capability - Lack of skills and proven approach to project management and risk management.
  5. Phases - Too little attention to breaking development and implementation into manageable steps.
  6. Benefits - Evaluation of proposals driven by initial price rather than long-term value for money (especially securing delivery of business benefits).
  7. Supply - Lack of understanding of and contact with the supply industry at senior levels in the organisation.
  8. Integration - Lack of effective project team integration between clients, the supplier team and the supply chain
Each of the eight areas has a list of associated questions, available from the Cabinet Office here.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

W1 Project film of BBC's New Broadcasting House

The BBC's W1 project was a ground breaking achievement. This film celebrates the end of the W1 project and some of its successes which I hope will continue for many years to come. Here are the project's key statistics:

  • creative renewal of the News Channel, the One, Six and Ten O’Clock TV News Bulletins and BBC World News 
  • 5,539 people moving from ten buildings across London into four in the W1 postcode 
  • Radio Four and World Service news sequence programmes, Newsnight, Marr and Hardtalk 
  • three 24 hour News Channels, 3 Network Radio Stations (R1, R2, R4) and 26 World Service language hubs 
  • 92,000 square metres of the redeveloped Broadcasting House to be refurbished and fitted out 
  • 3,000 kms of cabling 
  • 41,886 training days and 126 different courses that have been provided 
  • cut storage requirements from 19 linear kilometres of ‘stuff’ by 75%. 
Budget and Benefits
  • a £1.046bn budget 
  • £736m financial benefits from the sale of other properties 
  • creative and collaboration benefits of bringing so many BBC staff under one roof. 

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Do the right projects in the right way

The hard-won lessons from project management are to recognise what a project is and is not, and to be clear about what is success right from the start. Also important is to pull projects together into a coherent group to manage them more effectively and adopt the approach most likely to give success. Only then do you stand a chance of delivering the right outcomes. - See more in The Times supplement. 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

St Pancras International

I worked on the customer IT strategy for this project.

Is Government Getting More Efficient and More Effective?

I asked whether  Government is Getting More Efficient and More Effective
 when at Hitachi Consulting in this article