Project and programme initiation

Too many projects and programmes fail to deliver their benefits on time, on budget, and at an acceptable level of risk. Evidence shows this often stems from poor project or programme initiation. The National Audit Office report on Delivering Major Projects in Government (2016) and the Infrastructure UK Cost Review (2010) both noted that projects continued to encounter problems in their early stages.

A more structured and considered approach to initiation is needed when:

  • your project or programme is bigger or more complex than anything your organisation has attempted before;
  • requirements may be vague or undecided;
  • your organisation’s projects or programmes typically fail to deliver all their objectives;
  • there are multiple sponsors, perhaps with differing business requirements;
  • multiple sources of funding are needed;
  • you are using a project or programme approach not tried by your organisation before;
  • there are many and varied stakeholders; or 
  • governance regime is blurred. 

RSM helped develop the Project Initiation Routemap on behalf of the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) within HM Treasury. It helps address these challenges by offering support on strategic decision-making during project initiation based on the latest thinking and knowledge acquired from delivery of major projects. 

We can offer to support your project or programme teams by assessing the capability of key members of the delivery team against the relative complexity of the project or programme, identifying the complexity-capability gaps, and making recommendations to close those gaps to ensure a more successful outcome. 

Contact Nigel Bennett or Andy Murray to find out more on how to boost your organisation’s capability to deliver your change better.