The City of Budapest Transit Authority had developed a business case to introduce electronic ticketing but radical changes to its own structure and operations meant that an urgent review of the continuing robustness of the case was needed. ALCO Consulting carried out a thorough expert review and challenge, providing a report that enabled the city to move forward.
Government programmes and projects will naturally be large and complex, with most new projects encompassing a significant amount of technology, often new and not unusually, leading edge. It is unfortunate] that many such projects run into trouble, so much so that government technology projects have, in general, attracted a bad name.
In truth, this should be no surprise as government departments are not set up to include major project managers and technology experts. They also tend to work in discrete “silos” which makes data sharing and aggregation quite problematic. What government departments should be doing is to recognise the problem and employ specialist consultants to work as client side advisors to ensure that all gaps are filled. It is no good leaving it to the supplier without the client having sufficient expertise on ite side.
ALCO Consulting can offer Interim Project Managers, programme and project system assurance reviews, project rescue services and client-side “Critical Friends”. We work with government departments all over the world assisting them to achieve their objectives on time and on budget whilst meeting their customers’ highest expectations.
"Chris led a team of experts carrying out a strategic and independent review of Crop Health & Protection Ltd (‘CHAP’) assets at a critical time for our business. The review team carried out a detailed assessment providing expert technical analysis, insight, and challenge which was pivotal in the development of the CHAP business plan. Chris’ leadership and direction meant that this complex and sensitive review was credible with all participants and its recommendations were key to the re-launch of the CHAP delivery programme. Chris provided the challenge, insight, and support that comes from a very skilled leader and operator in the field of project assurance, delivery, and oversight."