Common Causes of Project Failure†
- OGC, NAO
NAO/OGC list of common causes of project failure
- Lack of clear link between the project and the organisation’s key strategic priorities, including agreed measures of success.
- Lack of clear senior management and Ministerial ownership and leadership.
- Lack of effective engagement with stakeholders.
- Lack of skills and proven approach to project management and risk management.
- Too little attention to breaking development and implementation into manageable steps.
- Evaluation of proposals driven by initial price rather than long-term value for money (especially securing delivery of business benefits).
- Lack of understanding of and contact with the supply industry at senior levels in the organisation.
- Lack of effective project team integration between clients, the supplier team and the supply chain.
If any of the answers to the above questions are unsatisfactory, an acquisition-based project should not be allowed to proceed until the appropriate assurances are obtained.