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1 What’s Different Project Management in the Public Sector John Alley, Director PMO, McMaster PSPMF Fall/2004

2 Difference is the difference – in kind? – in degree? differences that lead to different actions

3 What’s Different? governance politics financial constraint cost benefit acquisition

4 What’s Different? governance politics financial constraint cost benefit acquisition So What?

5 Governance What’s different? consensus decision making accountability for benefits So What? plan for decision time facilitation skills sponsor education clear business case with measurable goals

6 Politics What’s different? politicians as stakeholders risk of change in direction So What? stakeholder analysis and consultation shorter projects clear charter scope control risk management

7 Financial Constraint What’s different? limited funds risk of triple- constrained project So What? select top ranked projects education on law of project management manage expectations scope control and flexibility

8 Cost Benefit What’s different? most benefits are intangible non-revenue projects So What? measure the intangible measure on other dimensions commitment to delivering cost savings

9 Acquisitions What’s different? MFP Approval process So What? allow time to follow policy commitment to open processes allow time for approvals dependencies

10 What to do about the differences? Governance business case –with measurable goals –measure the intangible –measure on other dimensions –select top ranked projects –shorter projects sponsor education –their roles and responsibilities –the law of project management –commitment to delivering cost savings

11 What to do about the differences? PM Skills plan for –time for decisions –time for approvals –time to follow policy –dependencies facilitation skills stakeholder analysis and consultation clear charter manage expectations scope control and flexibility commitment to open processes manage risk

12 Questions?

13 Resources http://www.computerweekly.com/Article22868.htm# http://www1.oecd.org/puma/Risk/Canada.pdf http://www.publictechnology.net/print.php?sid=1269 Courses –http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/crmp/chsl.cfmhttp://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/crmp/chsl.cfm –http://citsolutions.cit.act.edu.au/courses/career/pseta/4960.phphttp://citsolutions.cit.act.edu.au/courses/career/pseta/4960.php –http://www.iqpc.com/iowa- robot/singlecell.html?topic=235&event=5772http://www.iqpc.com/iowa- robot/singlecell.html?topic=235&event=5772 –http://www.mun.ca/cmd/courses/publicsector/PSLMDPBrochure.p dfhttp://www.mun.ca/cmd/courses/publicsector/PSLMDPBrochure.p df


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