Study: Project Handover

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This APM Research Fund study seeks to answer the question: How can we handover projects better?  How do we improve the transition of a project from the project team delivering in a project life cycle to the end users’ business as usual activities, to ensure the realisation of the benefits the project set out to achieve?

Who is the intended audience?

Anyone involved in commissioning, delivering or receiving the outputs of projects.

  • Construction project teams – there is an industry drive currently to better manage transitions and design and deliver buildings properly. Government Soft Landings will be mandated on all Central Government projects from April 2016 and the construction industry is increasingly being required at procurement stage to demonstrate commitment to improved knowledge transfer and handovers (correct prior to election 2017).
  • Senior project professionals, influencers and clients. The research is designed to provide guidance on how to improve outcomes.  This most benefits the recipients and commissioners of projects.
  • APM members – The output of the research will be advice and guidance for project managers.

Why is it important?

Handing over projects from the project phase to the business as usual environment is often perceived as the end of the job by project practitioners and the start of the job by the end users who will be assuming the management responsibility afterwards.  The output of this research is to capture lessons learned and success factors from projects that have completed that transition (some more successfully than others) and share these with the project management community in the hope that it will help more projects to handover successfully. 

Who is the research lead?

The research is led by Owen Anthony, an experienced project management practitioner, who as well as being a full member of APM is also a member of the Soft Landings User Group.

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