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Programmes & projects - challenges within the Northern Ireland public sector

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  • 1. Programmes & Projects Challenges within the NI Public Sector Des Armstrong Director, CPD
  • 2. GB Experience • Major Projects – Large scale – Innovative – Reliant on complex relationships • Range of stakeholders • Suppliers & contractors – High risk – Failure is high profile
  • 3. GB Experience • Major Projects Authority – Portfolio of major projects – Integrated assurance plan • Good project management in place? • Skills capability & capacity of the delivery team – Improve the success rate of major projects • Highlight issues before they are out of control • Success rate moved from 30% to 70%
  • 4. NI Experience • ISNI – Stepped increase in infrastructure spend – Capital budget 2014/15 - > £1 billion • Gateway Review Process – High risk projects – Projects > £20 millions • Project governance • Achieving Excellence in Construction NI
  • 5. Projects Delivered • Belfast Sewers Project • M1/ Westlink upgrade • PRONI • South West Acute Hospital • Giants Causeway Visitor Centre • Belfast Streets Ahead
  • 6. Delivery Environment • Executive in coalition • ‘Demand’ v ‘Supply’ budget – Infrastructure deficit • Economy – Balance between public & private sectors • Wide range of stakeholders • Zero tolerance of failure
  • 7. Delivery Environment • ‘The Intelligent Client’ – Government Clients with ongoing programmes – Government Clients with one-offs – Non-government Clients – public funding • Ongoing programmes • One-offs • Multiple funding arrangements
  • 8. Project Leadership • Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) – Delivery focus – Constructive challenge – ‘The bigger picture’ – Values project management – Provides governance & control – Engages & manages stakeholders – Builds the delivery team
  • 9. Project Management • Investment Decision Maker (IDM) • Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) • Programme Directors (external) • Project Managers/Client Advisors • Technical/ Commercial Advisors • Integrated project teams • No PPM profession!
  • 10. Partnership Working • Government & Industry to work in partnership • Committed to continuous improvement for mutual benefit • A world class industry – very capable • Drive out poor practice – Payments to supply chain – Sub-economic tendering – Health & safety
  • 11. Partnership Working • Actions for Recovery – CIGNI • Infrastructure – investing in our future – CBI • Strategic Review of the Commissioning and Delivery System for Major Infrastructure Projects – CPD/SIB
  • 12. Key Themes • Priority projects – key to the economy • Finance Minister for infrastructure • Centralised procurement & delivery agency • Visibility of future projects & workload • Speeding up decision-making & approvals • Reporting on progress and performance • Make procurement effective
  • 13. Key Considerations • Industry information requirements – ISNI portal/ project pipeline • Transparency of performance • Skills and capability – Project management skills • Centralise or drive improvement through existing structures • Improve the business case process • Improve the procurement process

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