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Picture courtesy of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Picture courtesy of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Starting Gate - latest developments

Following successful pilots in 08/09, OGC has now launched Starting Gate as a formal on-demand service for new high-risk initiatives.  Starting Gate is a short early piece of assurance aimed at ensuring that when projects start they are set up to succeed. An introduction to Starting Gate can be found on the Programmes and Projects section of the OGC website. The set-up and management of Starting Gate reviews, like Gateway reviews, are handled by Major Projects’ Directorate’s Portfolio Leaders.

Budget 2009 announced, as part of the Operational Efficiency Programme for IT and back office activities, that Starting Gate reviews should be introduced for all new IT-enabled change projects. Work is now underway in OGC and the Treasury to operationalise this.

The PPM community are asked to alert the Portfolio Leader for their department and/or Anne Turner, Director in Major Projects responsible for Starting Gate, of any new IT-enabled change initiatives planned.

Looking ahead to the Autumn, the NAO is finalising plans to host a conference on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 October entitled 'Starting Projects on a Sound Basis'. OGC is co-sponsoring the event, along with the APM, IPMA and PMI.  The event will be held at UCL in Bloomsbury in Central London. The conference is aimed at senior decision makers, strategic portfolio and programme managers, project sponsors and policy leads. It complements the Government PPM Annual Conference (part of the APM Project Management Conference) to be held later that month.