There’s a refrain in the world of seismic hazard preparedness: earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do. Projects of transformation fail because the ‘mechanics of the delivery’ is malfunctioning, governance weak, business change management inexistent, all affected by bad planning. Here I set out the ‘mechanics of the delivery’ that must be put in place to keep projects from failing.
A forensic analysis of progress: short, sharp and concrete, these are the questions to put the programme leaders on the spot. In Part 2 of the 'How to Fail Quickly' series of articles, I show that with the right questions and the ability to act as a unit to get to the answers, a steering board can keep a programme from failing.