by Graham Wynd
With a degree in civil
engineering, 40 yearsí experience as a management consultant, the last 20
specialising in project management, am very concerned that some essential
project management basics are not apparent from materials submitted to
- Who has overall
accountability for delivering the project successfully? Who is
accountable for this stage of the project?
- Who are regarded as key
stakeholders? How are they involved in the governance of the project?
- Understand that the total
budget is £40 million, and that almost £1 million has been spent to
date. What is budget for this stage? Will it be overspent?
- Where is the cost
breakdown? What is the latest cost estimate?
- What risks have been
identified? What are the most important risks? How are they being
Without following project
management good practice, impossible to have confidence that the new
school can be delivered.
In discussion that followed,
- One Councillor asked that
risk register be available. I responded: risk register only start.
Identification of most important risks, plan for managing them, and
follow-up much more important.
- Cllr Thomson suggested cost
not a material planning consideration. Legal officer gave ambivalent
advice. I responded: in public interest, ability to keep costs under
control surely vital to confidence in deliverability of project.
- Cllr Poole said fact that
Dunfermline High was completed on time and under budget demonstrated
Education Servicesís ability to implement. Response: Dunfermline didnít
have the technical and planning problems of Pipeland.