The project manager’s conscience – the challenges to implementing robust project controls discipline

It is known, and widely discussed that many projects fail. Similarly, there are a broad range of Project Management approaches and associated tools available offering to minimise the risk of such failure. Yet failure still occurs, and to many stakeholders this comes with an element of surprise; “How could my project be failing, when it was all going so well?” The project controls professional is in many ways the conscious of the project, and custodian of the sometimes unpopular truth. Either embedded within, or supplementary to the Project Manager’s toolset, there are a wide range of techniques available to monitor progress and inform pre-emptive corrective action – if only the warnings are acknowledged and understood in time. This presentation explores some of the barriers to the effective influence of project controls, and some of the potential ways to overcome them.