Constraint When Working in Government Project

On government projects, is constrained because it is not as open-ended at the beginning as in the private sector. In the public sector, is constrained by such considerations as who is in office, what the constituents want, existing legislation, an extensive set of rules for doing business and prior requirements, which typically must still largely be satisfied.

By contrast, it may be challenging in industry to develop requirements for an application that never existed before – but at least it is open-ended at the beginning. On government projects, I think it is a daunting challenge to define scope and develop requirements when you need to contend with all of these other distracting forces.

I am using the phrase “constrained scope” to describe a limited latitude to negotiate changes to the scope. In private industry, there would likely be a limited number of stakeholders with many common end objectives, but in government there are more often a larger number of stakeholders and the interests of these stakeholders tend to be divergent, since various departments tend to operate more autonomously, almost like separate companies. In addition, the ultimate stakeholder is, or should be, the citizens. Prior requirements, agreements and applications will severely constrain what can be included in a new system.

There is an absolute multitude of stakeholders, some of them very far-flung from the immediate project but a factor nonetheless. Here are some of the considerations from having a multitude of stakeholders on government projects:

The bottom line is that, with a number of stakeholders, there is a huge amount of work in resolving all of the inputs, demands, needs and desires of the various stakeholders. There are many points of failure – and in fact, the number of points of failure grows geometrically with the number of stakeholders involved.

The question is how can a government project manager manage these constraints on the scope of the project and facilitate moving the project forward?

Constraint When Working in Government Project

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