Many government projects and programs are prolonged for years, failing to meet the proj- ects’ objectives, wasting taxpayers’ money or being abruptly terminated in the midst of
planning or implementation.
Government-funded projects and programs that set out
to achieve national growth and enhance the lives of citizens
are ubiquitous—and notoriously unwieldy.
Drawing on information about an impressive array of
large-scale government projects gleaned from government
audit reports across three major sectors—infrastructure and
transportation, information systems and defense—this study
explains why government projects go wrong and what can
be done to improve their success rates.
Government projects undertaken in the United States,
the United Kingdom and Australia are examined in relation
to non;nancial bene;ts, political dynamics, formal project
management processes, megaproject approaches, long product life cycles and engagement with multiple stakeholders.
With these characteristics as a framework, readers gain an
understanding of the unique characteristics and recurring
problems of managing government projects and programs.
;is book o;ers useful recommendations for disentangling the overlapping technological, legal, political and social
factors a;ecting these kinds of projects, including:
n Addressing current and future needs of product durability,
functionality and ;exibility
n Considering public-private partnerships
n Splitting programs into smaller, more manageable projects
n Consulting the business community
Challenges & Best Practices of Managing Government
Projects & Programs provides a crucial foundation for practitioners, researchers, policymakers and constituents to realize
the bene;ts governments can bring to their people.
Project Management Institute, 2014, ISBN: 9781628250657, paperback,
88 pages, $23.95 Member, $29.95 Nonmember
Drawing on information about an
impressive array of large-scale government
projects gleaned from audit reports across
three major sectors, this study explains why
government projects go wrong and what
can be done to improve their success rates.
Young Hoon Kwak, PhD; Min Liu, PhD; Peerasit Patanakul, PhD; Ofer Zwikael, PhD, PMP
Challenges & Best Practices of Managing
Government Projects & Programs