Government waterfall projects often rely on traditional methodologies, assuming they will address governance. Unfortunately, those methodologies don’t look at government role challenges. Government CIOs can use this 10-step process as a governance approach to deliver successful waterfall projects.
- Build a Project Governance Approach
- Step 1: Identify the Most Accountable Owner.
- Step 2: Identify Whether You Need a Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) to Supplement the Responsibility of the Accountable Owner, and If So, Identify the SRO.
- Step 3: Identify All Supporting Executives Whose Backing Is Required for Project Success.
- Step 4: Identify Which Enterprise Business Processes Will Most Likely Be Affected by the Project.
- Step 5: Identify Internal Service Supplier(s) That Have a Significant Role in Delivery of the Project.
- Step 6: Identify Other Primary/Direct Stakeholders (Other Than Those Identified in Steps 3, 4 and 5).
- Step 7: Create Steering Committee. The Chair Should Be the Accountable Owner or SRO.
- Step 8: Determine How the Project Steering Committee Will Interact With the Enterprise Program Management Office (ePMO), Investment Review Boards and any Other Standing Governance Bodies That Oversee Investments and Transformation Efforts.
- Step 9: Determine If the Project Manager Will Report Directly to the Accountable Owner, SRO or a Direct Report of the Accountable Owner.
- Step 10: Determine What Subordinate Committees (Workgroups) to the Steering Committee Are Needed.
- Engage Stakeholders in the Development of the Approach So They Understand Their Role and the Level of Engagement Required
- Ensure All Transformation Projects Are Owned by the Business, Not IT
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