5 Critical ingredients for complex programmes

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Posted by APM on 7th Oct 2010

The Farnborough Chapter event in September took on a feline theme at the BAE Systems venue in Farnborough. Hosted by Brian Tucker, the audience was given a thoroughly professional presentation on 5 critical ingredients for complex programmes by Martin Chalmers, deputy head of programme management at Detica. Martin started his presentation by showing the infamous EDS commercial where cowboys are seen herding cats and explained that it was an excellent metaphor for the management of complex programmes. The audience were immediately engaged and able to see that bringing groups of strong, capable and independently minded people to a common goal is very much like herding cats.

Martin carefully utilised his personal experience throughout the presentation to illustrate how the 5 critical ingredients can lead to the success or failure of complex programmes, slowly building an interlocking puzzle that contained the ingredients of shared purpose; alignment; accountability; collaboration and responsiveness. For each ingredient Martin explained the what and why, including why they are often missing and what managers can do if faced with that situation.

The event finished with some good questions from the appreciate audience, followed by some good answers from the presenter, who encouraged people to herd cats and have fun, as it is better than herding cattle!

A copy of the presentation can be found by clicking the link below.

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