Many government projects and programs are prolonged for years, failing to meet the projects’ objectives, wasting taxpayers’ money or being abruptly terminated in the midst of planning or
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 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
nonfinancial benefits, 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.
This book offers useful recommendations for disentangling
the overlapping technological, legal, political and social factors
affecting these kinds of projects, including:
n Addressing current and future needs of product durability,
functionality and flexibility
n Considering public-private partnerships (PPP)
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 benefits governments can bring to their people.
Project Management Institute, 2014, ISBN: 9781628250657, paperback, 88 pages, $23.95 Member,
Young Hoon Kwak, PhD; Min Liu, PhD; Peerasit Patanakul, PhD; Ofer Zwikael, PhD, PMP
Challenges & Best Practices of Managing
Government Projects & Programs
This study explains why
government projects go
wrong and what can be done
to improve their success rates.