What these people are doing isn’t ground-breaking stuff – it is tried and tested. They are taking the time to speak with people, holding meetings and forums, compromising where possible and embracing the feedback they are getting from every stakeholder – from the sponsor, to the corner shop owner. As a result, they are pushing forward with projects that could change the nation, and taking the people with them.
My concern is the lack of understanding – or is it just loose language – of the difference between programme and project. To me it is very simple: programmes are about delivering ‘outcomes’; projects are about delivering ‘outputs’.
The NHS has delayed the roll out of its data sharing scheme by six months and the reason is all about communication. Apparently not enough people know about the scheme and so wouldn’t be able to exercise their right to opt out.
Today’s world depends on inter-connectivity – as we’re regularly reminded by experts; the ever-advancing progress of technology, alongside population-related pressures on resources and environmental consequences.