The track record of major programme delivery is not good. Many programmes fail to deliver the benefits of their original business case. At a Socia dinner in July a group of Exec and Non-Exec Directors debated some of the reasons why – and came up with 5 lessons for Board members to keep front of mind.

  1. Good process can’t compensate for poor leadership
  2. Perfect alignment between incentives and objectives is rare
  3. Judging progress from paper reports is only getting half the story
  4. Change in inevitable – so access to strategic decision making is vital at every stage
  5. Evaluating the quality of programme leadership is just as important as evaluating the plan

More details are in the attached Programme Boards and leadership note