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Rigour versus Tempo: Project discipline in a dynamic world

20 October 2021

Defence and Security

Rigour in programmes, project and portfolios is about discipline to principles, processes and structure.  Discipline can be found in many forms in people, from individuals (self), through teams, and up to whole organisations. It depends on culture and often driven by external political, legal or societal norms.  

This discipline can often be perceived as the antithesis to flexibility and agility when a high tempo is required.  A high tempo can be effective in addressing dynamic project environments – it is the rate 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 and briefly explores a few examples of approaches that can be used to address the challenges, drawing on lessons from actual programmes.  It is part of a developing series that explores different tensions, and is aimed at provoking 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

Consultant

Leigh Storer

Consultant

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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