It is within your control to ensure any document going out from the Government side of the process is well-structured and internally consistent. Insist on it. It is regrettably common to see a specification document which has been prepared by lumping together the inputs from a variety of subject matter experts without any technical challenge or editorial input.
There are definitely ways of doing things right (and wrong) in major projects. And communication during the bid process is very much one of those ways. Louise Hart offers a bullet-proof process for communicating the results in her new book Procuring Successful Mega-Projects.
Despite its very general philosophy, there are some cases where Monte Carlo does not work. This can be the case when the sampling process does not adequately look into the feature which the output requires. Two examples come to mind.
Knowing what you want is fundamental, but you also need to know what you don’t want. Any project develops its own momentum. The momentum of a mega-project is correspondingly large. Unless you have clear grounds for deciding not to enter the contract, there is a very real danger of becoming gradually committed to a deal that would never have been considered acceptable if it had been offered at the start.
Stakeholder Management in a Matrix Organisation – Gower author Jake Holloway presents a webinar for the APM on Tuesday 25th at …