Driving the Successful Delivery of Major Defence Projects: Effective Project Control is a Key Factor in Successful Projects; Ministry of Defence

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The Stationery Office, May 20, 2005 - Business & Economics - 60 pages
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For the last 20 years the annual Major Projects Report has highlighted the variable performance of the Ministry of Defence's highest value defence equipment procurement projects, many of which have suffered cost overruns and delays. The NAO is examining the complex cultural and systemic drivers which need to be managed if military capability is to be delivered faster, cheaper and better. Project control is a critical linking factor between a number of the key drivers of successful acquisition, including management information, governance and assurance, risk and cost estimating, and ultimately budgeting and funding. The report describes four main levels of a gold standard practice pyramid: establishing and sustaining the right cultural environment; creating clear structure and boundaries; measuring progress and making decisions focused on successful project delivery; reporting to enable strategic decisions. The report finds the strongest message emerging from the analysis is that it is the "softer" factors about building and sustaining relationships (the bottom level of the pyramid) upon which success is predicated. There is a wide variety of performance against the gold standard, and this report presents recommendations to help ensure projects adopt practices closer to the standard. The full evidence underlying the recommendations is available on a website - www.naodefencevfm.org.
 

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