Lack of clearly defined responsibility and accountability meant the corporation failed to respond to warning signals that the programme was in trouble.
(PRWEB UK) 28 April 2014
MP Margaret Hodge has called for the BBC to overhaul its approach to projects in the future after she believes licence fee payers’ money was treated carelessly during the Digital Media Initiative, which was deemed a “complete failure.” Hodge is the Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts, and spoke out against the BBC’s complacency about the risks involved with the DMI project, which they took in-house and which cost £98.4 million of license fee payers’ money.
She said: “Lack of clearly defined responsibility and accountability meant the corporation failed to respond to warning signals that the programme was in trouble. Both the BBC Executive and the Trust need to overhaul their approach to managing and implementing major projects so that they properly safeguard licence fee payers’ money.”
Following an investigation into the failure of the project, the Public Accounts Committee said that the absence of one individual responsible for delivering DMI meant that many parties were misinformed: “The BBC Executive should apply more rigorous and timely scrutiny to its major projects to limit potential losses.”
ILX, a leading provider of IT & project management training courses, have responded to these comments on the BBC’s project management failures. A spokesperson for the company said:
“In organisations as massive and well-known as the BBC, it is more important than ever that projects are managed properly and driven towards success as carefully as possible, but it’s clear that various issues said to have arisen during the recent DMI scheme prevented this from happening. If projects are left without proper project management or individuals specifically responsible for the success of the project, then endeavours such as this are far less likely to succeed, and companies can be negatively affected financially and with a blow to their reputation.”
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