Management Consultancy

Programme Management

Our hands-on approach is designed to enable organisations to gain and retain control of all project activity and to create an environment in which projects will succeed.

A programme may be defined in a number of ways:

  • One complex project broken down into components or stages.
  • A number of distinct projects which are connected to one strategic change.
  • A view of an organisation’s entire investment in projects (ie the portfolio).
 

The projects in a programme are linked by:

  • Inter-dependence.
  • Competition for resource (capacity, skilled people, senior management).
  • Competition for finance (investment).
  • Impact on same business area.
 

Projects are temporary and do not usually reflect business operations, in terms of management structure. Our approach to programme management is designed to connect this temporary work to the permanent organisational structure and decision making processes of the business.

The essential elements of our approach are:

  • A clearly understood business strategy which determines the business priorities.
  • A programme management structure permanently connected to the organisation structure of the business that facilitates the tactical management of projects.
  • A clearly understood process for project start up.
  • An objective process for prioritising projects.
  • An objective method for assessing benefits of projects, the likelihood of their realisation and sensitivity analysis.
  • An approach to managing resources across the programme.
  • An approach to managing risks across the programme.
  • An approach to managing interdependencies across the programme.
  • An approach to managing communications across the programme.
  • Project support – this means undertaking many of the administrative and housekeeping tasks that are common across the programme and would be more efficiently managed from the centre.
  • Project assurance – providing management support and QA of management standards and also undertaking post-project reviews.
  • Promoting project management standards, so that all projects are undertaken in a similar manner, thereby reducing systemic management risks.
  • We believe that our approach should be applied pragmatically, as no two organisations are the same or have the same challenges.
 

Deliverables:

  • Project start up document.
  • Programme initiation document.
  • Programme resource schedule.
  • Programme interdependency map.
  • Programme progress report.
 
All of the standard project documentation will feed into the programme management function.