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Rigour versus tempo: project discipline in a dynamic world

A variety of tensions exist in a project or programme, all of which affect how outputs and outcomes are delivered. One of these tensions is between Rigour and Tempo. In our latest whitepaper, we review some of the underlying issues and explore examples of approaches that can be used to address challenges, drawing on lessons from existing programmes.

20 October 2021

Defence and Security

Rigour in programmes, projects and portfolios is about discipline in principles, processes and structure. The domain can be found in many people, from individuals (self), teams, and whole organisations.  It depends on the culture and is often driven by external political, legal or societal norms.  

This discipline can often be perceived as the antithesis of flexibility and agility when a high tempo is required.  A high tempo can effectively address dynamic project environments – the rate at that changes can be made within a project or the frequency that the project reflects plans and adjusts according to the results of the preceding interval. 

This short paper reviews some of the underlying issues. Briefly, it explores a few examples of approaches that can be used to address the challenges, drawing on lessons from existing programmes.  It is part of a developing series that explores different tensions and aims to provoke thought, debate and consideration when designing or executing programmes and projects.

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Andrew Gray

Senior Principal Consultant

Andrew Gray

Senior Principal Consultant

Andrew is an experienced transformational and operational capability change practitioner who can draw upon his practical and theoretical knowledge of the leadership and management of people and activities across the product generation, capability development and business transformational change cycles.  From an engineering background in the aerospace sector leading teams in multi-discipline, multi-site and multi-cultural environments, Andrew now works for BMT Defence & Security where he advises clients in all aspects of complex change management. As well as being a Fellow of the APM and a Chartered Project Professional, Andrew is a UK and European Chartered Engineer, and a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Leigh Storer


Leigh Storer


Leigh Storer is a Consultant within BMT Defence and Security UK. She has experience in a wide range of projects across the lifecycle as well as contract management. Leigh holds the APM PMQ and enjoys a versatile workload, including client work and involvement in the Research and Development area of BMT.

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