Starting defence and security projects for success

29 May 2012

Bird & Bird would like to invite you to a seminar titled 'Starting defence and security projects for success' on Tuesday 29 May from 08.00.

Where public sector projects are delivered well, the results are impressive. However, two-thirds of public sector projects are completed late, over budget or do not deliver the outcomes expected. Some are cancelled before they are completed after spending considerable sums of money with little to show for it. Poorly performing projects reflect badly on government, attract high media interest and are poor value for money for the taxpayer. Every year the National Audit Office examines dozens of major government projects. One clear lesson from the evidence base which our back catalogue provides is that the quality of project initiation is highly predictive of project success. This will not come as a surprise to experienced project delivery professionals but our examinations repeatedly shows that too few projects bring all of these factors together well.

Drawing on the widely divergent experiences of defence projects and lessons from elsewhere in government Tim Banfield will explore the key success factors he looks for when examining major projects and how delivery leaders develop a realistic understanding of the risks, benefits and deliverability of projects.

We hope you can join us!  

For further information, or to register to attend future seminars please contact the Events Team at or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.

The programme

08.00 - 08.30
Registration and breakfast

08.30 - 10.00
Presentations followed by question and answer session
Tim Banfield, Director, National Audit Office