Forthcoming Events

Twitter Feed

BCS Nottingham & Derby Branch

3rd Monday Event

Project Risk Management - (What can go wrong will go wrong) by Dr John Mitchell (BCS Project Management (PROM-SG)

Date: Monday, 17th February 2020
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead

Download this Presentation

Many thanks to everyone who attended this event, and to Dr John Mitchell (BCS Project Management (PROM-SG) for providing the presentation for us. A copy of the presentation is available. To download a copy click here.

[back to top]


Projects go wrong all the time and not just the IT ones. Concorde was ten times over budget, Cross-Rail is millions over budget and without an implementation date. The same thing seems to be happening to HS2. However, it is usually the IT ones which make the headlines, such as Universal Benefits, the cancellation of the integrated NHS system and the recent TSB debacle. Many more do not make it into the public domain because they are hushed-up within companies.

Depressingly, we do not seem to learn from the failures, as was expressed in KPMG's report on project failure a few years ago We have been developing IT systems for well over fifty years, have produced various methodologies to minimise the risk of failure, but apparently to no avail. IT projects are still late, over budget and ultimately do not deliver the benefits that their sponsors were expecting.

Is there a common cause and can we do anything about it, or do we resign ourselves to repetitive failure?

[back to top]

About the Presenter

Dr Mitchell is managing director of LHS Business Control, a consultancy which he founded in 1988 to specialise in corporate governance and risk management.

He is an international authority on corporate governance, the control of computer systems, the investigation of computer crime and the impact of regulatory and compliance issues on the delivery of IT services.

John has been an expert witness in a number of high-profile UK criminal cases and he has featured in a major British computing publication as The IT Detective.

He has previously been a member of BCS Council, a member of the its Risk Audit and Finance Committee and Chair of its Information Risk Management and Assurance specialist group. He is a holder of the John Ivinson medal for services to the institute. His doctorate in risk analysis techniques was awarded by City University, London, England. His MBA in financial control was awarded, with distinction, by Middlesex University, England.

[back to top]