“A high proportion of IT-led programmes continue to fail, yet many of the common pitfalls can easily be avoided by undertaking regular reviews and acting early on the intelligence they provide,” states Peter Osborne, managing director, LOC Consulting. “The problem is that it’s like going to the doctor or repairing a chip in your windscreen: people only do it when there is something wrong. Had they gone earlier, the problem could have been minimised or even avoided altogether. Performing health checks in an independent and structured manner and taking the right actions at the right time can be an incredibly cost-effective means of ensuring a successful outcome when compared with the potential price of failure.”
Complex programmes require skilled management and delivery capability to achieve the agreed business benefits within the known operating constraints. However, between 70 and 80 per cent of projects continue to fail because of the way they are configured, while statistics from Oxford University’s Said Business School show that IT projects are 20 times more likely to fail than other forms of business initiative. LOC’s free online Healthcheck is designed to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of a delivery programme, help users identify early warning signs and provide those tasked with managing a delivery with the peace of mind that the proposed programme will deliver the business benefits envisioned at the outset.
“Many failures could easily be avoided by performing a review or ‘health check’ of a project on a regular basis,” continues Osborne. “Breaking down projects into a small number of fundamental elements is critical in assessing the progress of hugely complex programmes. When equipped with independent results free from internal constraints, programme stakeholders can make informed decisions about the actions necessary to ensure successful delivery.”
LOC Consulting’s free online Healthcheck tool is based on the company’s 15+ years of experience and in-depth expertise in providing formal programme reviews for public and private organisations operating in a wide range of global and niche industries, including financial services, new media, telecommunications and consumer goods and services. For more information go to: http://healthcheck.locconsulting.co.uk
About LOC Consulting
LOC Consulting is a specialist management consultancy which partners with its clients to deliver complex business change and IT projects and programmes. Since 2005, we have worked with a number of global and niche organisations across a wealth of disciplines to achieve sustainable, measurable business benefit. We deploy dynamic and innovative consultants who specialise in programme healthcheck, recovery and delivery, drawing on a wealth of proven experience and leading practice methodologies to enhance clients’ business delivery. Our capabilities span the entire project delivery lifecycle – from the initial shaping of ideas through delivery and implementation. Our founding values are rigidly deployed on every assignment and this focus on quality has resulted in LOC being ranked the 40th fastest growing private company in the UK, by the Sunday Times, and is reflected in our client references. www.locconsulting.com
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