Project Assurance provides value through the better management of risk and improved confidence in delivery. I can influence the following:
Pre: Before accepting any proposal
This can cover technology solutions, design, pricing, supplier selection and business requirements
Post: Once the project starts
Achieving value for moneyby ensuring deliverables match to the business case
Maintaining viability and scope by ensuring scope is well defined and opportunities are not found by the supplier to move elements to 'out of scope', requiring additional cost to complete
Meeting the business needs by ensuring the functionality meets the business requirements and features are not added that are not required
Retention of good relations between client and supplier(s) by acting as conduit for communication and management of expectations
The right people are in the right place for effective delivery by ensuring the right project structure and roles are in place and filled by appropriate staff
This influence is achieved by a combination of formal and informal routes.
- For the formal, being part of the planning and review process for the project provides an opportunity to give structured feedback
- The informal route is through providing a sounding board for commercial, technical and project concerns and issues
The role does not usurp or dilute the responsibilities of the other roles within the project, rather it provides an independent assessment and influence that reaches across individual elements of the project.