APM Research Fund publishes Project Handover report

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Posted by Annie Tolputt on 26th Jul 2017

APM’s latest Research Fund study is now available to download. The research was led by Owen Anthony, an experienced project management
practitioner, who seeks to answer the question: How can we handover projects better?

Backed by APM’s Research Fund, which was established in 2015 to provide funding for small-scale research projects or to provide seed funding for larger research projects. The research is vital for many organisations in learning success factors from past projects that have completed handover transitions (some more successfully than others) in the hope that it will help more practitioners to successfully handover future projects.

Commenting on the report, research lead Owen Anthony said: “Having worked on projects for fifteen years in numerous sectors and fields, for me this research was about recognising the importance of project handover; why it matters and what the benefits are when we think about handover from the offset. I wanted to recognise the key steps through the process and enhance how we handed over projects so it is more of a transition and less of a cliff face.

By creating a report aimed at practitioners, I hope this will bolster our profession’s knowledge and skills and in turn bring new benefits to our stakeholders and sponsors.”

The research conclusions provide 12 recommendations that have been split into four subcategories

  1. Commercial/contractural
  2. Process
  3. Data and knowledge transfer
  4. People

APM’s Research Manager Daniel Nicholls said of the launch “We hope that this study will shed further light on the often neglected area of project handover. Owen’s study marks the first report arising from the APM Research Fund which forms an important part of the APM research programme in providing seed funding and funding small scale research projects and look forward to sharing further reports and studies in the near future.”

Participating organisations included:

AWE / Ministry of Defence

Education Funding Agency

Mott MacDonald

Birkdale Prep School

Handsworth Grange Community College

Sheffield City Council


Bright Bricks Ltd

Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Sheffield Local Education Partnership

Cardiff Commissioning

Laing O’Rourke

Soft Landings User Group


Mediacity / Peel Holdings

Transport for London



Vinci Construction

Download the report here

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