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Centres of Excellence


 Common causes of project failure

Common causes of project failure (PDF)

(order code: CP0015)

This publication is primarily aimed at those managing or otherwise involved in the delivery of projects across Government.


Related Documents / Other Reading

The Centre of Excellence Pocket Guide (PDF, 196KB)
This guide outlines the role of the Centre of Excellence (also known as a Programme and Project Support Unit or Corporate Programme Management Office in central government) in coordinating and supporting delivery. The guide provides a quick reference to good practice and a routemap to more detailed sources of advice and guidance. It takes account of lessons learned from OGC Gateway™ reviews and other sources 

Prioritisation Categories (PDF)
Departments should prioritise all their programmes and projects to match their business priorities to their current capability and capacity to deliver. Definitions for these priority classifications are explained here.

The Improving Programme and Project Delivery (IPPD) project was established in September 2001. The project, produced in consultation between several government departments, was charged with developing a package of measures to achieve significant and sustainable improvements in programme and project delivery.  See Customer Service Excellence website.


Archived Publications

Centre of Excellence Briefing Note (PDF)
This document provides information on the Centres Of Excellence initiative.