De-RISK quickly established via SDA (Stage A) that the initial go-live milestone was likely to be missed by four months.
More worryingly, the analysis showed that there was, in any event, a 0% chance of meeting the dates. This meant that even if they managed all the identified risks, they would only recover approximately two months of the delay.
Stage B of the SDA methodology captured non-timescale strategic assumptions. Together, these elements facilitated a full joint Risk Review Board which led to the establishment of the improved associated governance processes needed to agree specific actions and monitor progress in regular follow up Risk Review Boards.
The result, as well as the immediate prediction that the current programme was not achievable as structured, positioned PA Consulting to facilitate a series of short, focused, ‘fix the brick’ workshops where elements (‘bricks’) of the programme were restructured, re-designed or down-scoped to ensure that the minimum objectives were met by the required milestone date.
Re-running the SDA confirmed convergence with the original target date and the port successfully opened for business on-time.