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This is not very different from any other projects, yet, it might be a bit more complex and requires you to tailor some processes for effective management such as Stakeholders Identification & Management, Communication and so on.
There are less risks that can be taken in public projects with all the regulations in place. So a good place to start is with effective and comprehensive risk management.
In my experience, one good and rather simple approach is to try to keep the project as tightly scoped as possible and deliver it quickly, even break down large projects into smaller ones. This reduces the potential for problems from changing political agendas over time.
Always hold requirements workshops and document the user's needs early on in each (mini) project too. Then you have an agreed base to deliver against quickly. Keep busy with lots of stakeholder communication too, using both formal and informal channels.
The level of effort spent on stakeholder management, risk management and scope management might be greater for such projects but the basic process remains the same. What is more challenging is that the primary drivers for many public sector projects may not encourage alignment as easily as in private sector projects where the profit motive can be a powerful catalyst.
Make sure that you take into account the difference in government processes, such as human resources and procurement. Governments have many additional requirements, including transparency and equal opportunity, that add complexity and duration to the processes.
Unfortunately, the opportunity cost of that project was significant as it consumed some of the scarcest, most talented staff we had.
That was about the time when I realized that I preferred working in private sector!
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. I really appreciate it !!
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