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|Benefits of Reviewing Projects (before they end!)|
By Paul Eldridge - Senior Project Manager
WE'VE ALL HEARD plenty about why projects fail. Here's a top ten list of famous last words:
1. I didn't use a methodology (how hard could it be – we don't have time for all that stuff)..
There's a tendency to talk about Quality Assurance in terms of the management of projects but that's where it often ends. There's a raft of reasons ("excuses") as to why these activities don't take place:
While reviews are often based initially on checklists they are not just a form filling exercise nor are they are search for scapegoats – they are a concentrated interaction between professionals who should have a common aim – successful projects. Project reviews form part of Quality Assurance and need to be an integral of the project plan and its schedule. As such the project governance mechanisms (e.g. steering committee, PMO etc) must ensure that project reviews occur according to the plan. Allow 5-10% of the project budget for Quality Assurance including project reviews – but be reasonable and apply effort in proportion to project size and risk.