Principle 10

Reinforced ICT project management capacities

Key Issues


  • ICT projects are becoming increasingly large in scope and budget size, increasing risks of failure
  • Need for developing structured approaches to ICT project implementation while ensuring adapted frameworks for innovation and rapid technological change
  • The public sector workforce needs skills and competencies for working on ICT projects
  • Centralised review mechanisms and project management practises are fundamental to successfully implement the increasing number of ICT projects
  • Those mechanisms and practises are useful in several dimensions and minimize risks
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Overview

As public ICT projects proliferate, this principle stresses the need for governments to reinforce their institutional capacities to manage and implement them.

Strong project management models clearly identify: 

  • Who should be accountable for managing parts of the process
  • Who should take decisions concerning implementation
  • Who should provide input or resources to the activity
  • Who should be kept informed on results of activities need to be adopted

Centralised review mechanisms for :

  • Monitoring implementation
  • Spotting problems
  • Taking corrective measures.

Centralised review mechanisms and project management practises minimise risks of:

  • Inefficiency
  • Duplication
  • Failure

Governments should regularly:

  • Evaluate the impact ICT projects have on staff
  • Assess skill gaps
  • Ensure development of new ways to enhance organisational learning

Data

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Good practices