Right First Time: Buying and Integrating Advanced Technology for Project Success

  • 2h 10m
  • Peter Sammons
  • IT Governance
  • 2021

Why do projects fail?

The people who plan and execute major projects are often highly skilled and highly regarded. They are not obviously incompetent. Where a project uses external suppliers or contractors as a significant support to project delivery, the risk of a fundamental failure seems to escalate. Is this a failure of project management? A failure of procurement? A failure of both? Or are there other factors at play?

This book aims to be a self-help manual. It will enable you to improve your personal and corporate performance. It will also help you ensure that the sub-system elements of a project, where there are ‘interfaces’ between systems that need to ‘talk’ to each other, will be effectively managed – with no nasty surprises.

Buying and integrating advanced technology

Right First Time – Buying and integrating advanced technology for project success does not pretend to hold the key to a ‘nirvana’ of project delivery. Rather, it gets straight to the point about buying – and integrating – advanced technology. It recognises that integrating sub-systems is fertile ground for failure and that effective procurement is increasingly important in project delivery.

The failure of one sub-system can undermine an entire project, and the integration of sub-components is all too often assumed to be a technical problem that ‘technical people’ will overcome. Few projects make integration a defined subset of the overall project plan, yet most will benefit from doing so.

A project management playbook

A management book rather than a technical book, Right First Time – Buying and integrating advanced technology for project success focuses on the difficult issue of sub-system integration in the context of third-party (supply) relationships. If you are responsible for project management and practical delivery, at senior or junior level, it provides lots of practical questions to help you work through the issues, acting as a catalyst for supplementary questions and lines of investigation, focusing on potential problem areas relevant to your own context.

Powerful learning outcomes and self-reflective questions at the end of each chapter enable you to create key action points and assess your organisation’s approach to improve project management governance and ensure you get it right first time.

Project managers, procurement managers, business change managers, commercial managers, mobilisation/transition managers, product managers and contract managers will all find value in this comprehensive guide to managing sub-system integration for project success.

About the Author

Peter Sammons MCIPS is a hands-on commercial specialist with 35 years' practical experience of project management, procurement, and technological research and development, having worked in the aviation, energy and financial services sectors. He advises on commercial issues and delivers training seminars on contract law, cost control, third-party management and supply chain intelligence. Peter's other books include The Outsourcing R&D Toolkit, Buying Knowledge and Contract Management: Core Business Competence.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Being Aware
  • Make or Buy?
  • Integrate
  • Stakeholders
  • Project Tiger
  • Risk Characterisation
  • Market Test
  • Buy Phase and Integration
  • Project Communications
  • Client-Side Tasks
  • Business as Usual
  • Contracting
  • Systems Integration
  • Integration Data
  • Contract Management
  • Delivering the Project – Right First Time
  • Regulatory Permissions
  • Handover and Certification
  • Further Reading


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