This is a really interesting article posted on the NAO blog that looks at the major lessons from programmes and projects in the last few years.
The depressing thing is that most of the causes of failure are really well known and documented and yet we still keep making them, which suggests that people leading programmes and projects are either:
- Too arrogant to think they wont make the same mistakes, and then promptly do
- Too lazy to actually go out and investigate other peoples experiences, most of it can be found on google so they don’t even need to get our of their chairs
- Too dim to be able to process and implement the advice they are being given.
Fresh Look: Is a series of articles take a look at common topics and try to come up with some new ideas and insight into problems that seem to repeat themselves across many organisations
Welcome to our article on the touchy subject of business cases, touchy because so many project and programmes fail to deliver to their aspirations, with Gartner estimating 75% of projects fail to achieve expectations. In the UK public sector alone, it is estimated that £1.35bn is spent just on writing business cases alone.
Thank you to Paul Mansell, Stefan Sanchez, Eileen Roden and Geof Leigh for their contributions We all hope you find the article interesting.
If we can help you in any way we hope you will get in touch, and we offer the APMG Better Business Cases qualification if you are looking for training
For Highlights from the Major Projects Association event held on 25th Feb 2014 Click here