Sunday, 18 May 2008

Priorities of the Welsh Assembly Government

Priority Projects Team

They are in place to help deliver on what is seen as a priority for the 'new' government. ensure efficient delivery of the top priorities that have been decided on by the fairly new government in Cardiff Bay. It's high-profile work, but mainly carried out by people who have - on one side - plenty of experience in project management and on the other - people which have dabbled in project management during their day job. It has been described by one insider as a team of 22 staff managing a variety of 14 projects over a period of two years; by another, as a team of staff put together as a project itself.

Priorities include:
Internal Communication, Laptop roll-out to kids, work on new legislation competence orders (LCOs).
Sounds like a tall-order for staff of a small number when priorities shift so quickly. What happens when things go wrong as they generally do with project work? Is there any back up for a small team or are consultants brought in, adding to the cost?

It's my guess that we'll find out in the media or by leaks from the usual places.


Anonymous 18 May 2008 at 16:32  

this sounds like a really half hearted idea and not thought through, although why should we be surprised anymore.

Anonymous 19 May 2008 at 11:11  

WAG have always been behind where project management is concerned.

Anonymous 19 May 2008 at 12:58  

I agree with the previous comment. Civil servants have been lacking in real project management skills for some time. It's only in the last year that project management has taken off in the Assembly.

Anonymous 19 May 2008 at 13:22  

I agree with the previous comment. Civil servants have been lacking in real project management skills for some time. It's only in the last year that project management has taken off in the Assembly.

James 19 May 2008 at 14:47  

There's a saying in the Assembly that a project management qualification is a meal-ticket for those seeking promotion.

Anonymous 19 May 2008 at 20:01  

Take it from me that the priorities have now changed.

project manager 19 May 2008 at 22:48  

why is this half hearted? why such negativity to what is a real attempt to formalise the way projects / resources are managed? its a huge step forward from what went before which was namely just dumping more work on already overstretched departments. As for civil servants lacking project skills??? how....the bespoke project managment tool forall sectors is PRINCE which stems from the civil service and lets be fair here, Netwrok Rail is the lead organisation for project management in the uk, and they don't exactly glow with success at the moment. Also see private sector projects such as wemblye, millenium stadium etc.

Anonymous 20 May 2008 at 09:48  

This posts obviously raises concerns about the small number of staff involved in project management, given the high-profile number of projects and the importance the success of the One Wales Government rests on these.

serf 20 May 2008 at 10:01  

PRINCE is useful as a guideline but no more. There's no substitute for experience!!!

John 20 May 2008 at 12:17  

"There's no substitute for experience!!!"

That's the trouble! Most see project management qualifications i.e. PRINCE as a way in when it comes to promotion. In reality, they lack the experience to manage a project successfully.

Nick 20 May 2008 at 13:04  

Talking about 'project management' Having seen Carwyn Jones on the Politics Show, he really seems to think there is nothing wrong with Welsh Labour, saying its all down to global issues, you wonder when the penny might drop for all of them in Welsh Labour.

PM 20 May 2008 at 22:57  

some of these posts are right about experience, its the same with doctors, why train the, we should just give em a go to gte some experience.???!!! maybe your legal people should just be given a go???!!!
come on bloggers, its a mixture of the two, some study and background knowledge combined with experience.
No pleasing some people.

Anonymous 3 July 2008 at 12:18  
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Anonymous 3 July 2008 at 13:06  

Well, when you put it like that........!

Miss Wagstaff 5 July 2008 at 17:27  

"Well, when you put it like that........!"

Quite! That person keeps on posting and I have to keep on deleting.

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