Who Should Conduct a PMA?
A project management appraisal needs to be conducted with a certain
degree of independence in order to safeguard the credence and reliability
of the resulting findings. In other words, it must be conducted
by a third party. However, the third party may enjoy varying degrees
of independence. For example, the enquiry may be undertaken by someone
from another department or division of the sponsoring organization.
Alternatively, it may be conducted by a completely independent party
commissioned for the purpose.
Either way, it is important to ensure that the person or persons
undertaking the appraisal have no direct personal, financial or
organizational ties to the management on the project itself, or
to the results of its progress. In addition, if the findings are
to be credible, the enquiry must be conducted by people who are
familiar with the technology of the project, and/or who are thoroughly
knowledgeable in managing the processes of realizing a capital project.
These processes include conceptual development, detailed design,
procurement, construction and commissioning, as well as the broader
aspects of overall project management.
The objective is to provide reliable and credible advice to the
owner or sponsor's executive through a professional approach and
a degree of independence which precludes any jamming of the messages
through personal conflicts, professional pride or political influence.
The reviewer must be recognized as being competent, fair, objective