Troubled Projects; Red Flag Alerts

Date:
Thursday 10 June 2010

Venue:
BCS London Office, First Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA

Time:
6pm (for 6:30pm start) - 9pm

Speaker:
Susan Hall

Synopsis:

The Office of Government Commerce identified eight common causes of project failure, none of which will come as any suprise to senior industry professionals.  Lack of engagement with key stakeholders, projects driven by short-term savings rather than business benefits and long term value for money, insufficient attention to breaking delivery and implementation into manageable steps - all these are horribly familiar patterns.  Susan Hall, ICT specialist at national law firm Cobbetts LLP, discusses how IT professionals can make the contractual process work for them, both before and after contract signature, and how to recognise areas where contract enforcement mechanisms need to be invoked to prevent a troubled project becoming an IT disaster.
 
Bio:

Susan Hall is a graduate of the University of Oxford and has a Master's degree from the University of Toronto, where she studied as a Commonwealth scholar.  She has been practising in the field of ICT law since 1988 and has been a partner at Cobbetts LLP since 2000.  She regularly lectures on IP and ICT law nationally and internationally, and is asked to contribute comments on topics such as identity theft, the Facebook patent and data security for publications ranging from the BBC website to VNU-net, the Spectator, Computer Weekly and  the Independent.

Susan Hall's Presentation (PDF)