Despite advances in project management and programme implementation in the Australian public sector, it seems that the APS has not yet 'turned the corner', but is learning from developments in project management that should lead to an increased rate of project successes.
In a recent speech to the Australian Institute of Project Management, Auditor-General Ian McPhee, acknowledged the importance of project management to the APS as a result of increasing program complexity and a growing interdependence between the APS and external parties.
He emphasised that the importance of project management and implementation in the Australian public sector is receiving greater recognition, including a better understanding of the linkage between projects and outcomes.
Mr McPhee identified four significant influences that are shaping project management in the APS for better:
- Greater recognition of the importance of project management in delivering outcomes for government
- Methodologies better designed to manage the risk to successful delivery
- Making a greater investment in developing project management skills to staff
- Better understanding of the success factors in managing projects