Is my project in good health?
Running Ultra-marathons and taking on the occasional epic challenge has taught me that the body needs a regular health-check or ‘MOT’. This health-check often has two outputs, confirms you’re in good shape or tells you that you need to focus on a specific area to avoid injury. Interestingly, the few times I have had injuries or niggles have been because I haven’t focused on the areas that would have helped me avoid injury.
Over the years I have learnt that project health needs to be treated in a similar way. It is far easier to take a proactive approach to prevent issues or at least deal with them before a ‘niggle’ becomes a full-on injury that stops you in your tracks.
Running a health-check on a project or programme will give you a view of its health, where you have any niggles that need attention or whether you need to focus on specific areas to turn the project around.
The health-check can be based on a set of simple questions, for example:
- is the project or programme delivering against its objectives?
- is the project or programme is being delivered in line with the required / optimum governance framework?
- will the benefits specified be realised and, are they sustainable?
- is the project or programme making the best use of its resources?
- have the key risks been clearly identified and are being managed?
- have any material issues been identified, escalated and are being dealt with?
- are key stakeholders and stakeholder groups engaged with the project or programme?
- is the business is ready to accept and adopt the necessary change or changes?
If you overlay these questions on your project or programme and come up with a “no” to any of them it may be that your project or programme isn’t functioning correctly and may start to experience health issues.
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