Change 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 the 2018 Watertone’s survey on the state of project management We have been developing IT system 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?


SPEAKER - John Mitchell, Managing Director, LHS Business Control



18:00 – Refreshments and networking
18:15 - AGM
18:30 – Main presentation
19:30 – Q&A followed by sandwiches and refreshments
20:30 – Close



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.


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Change Risk Management and AGM - Business Change
Date and time
Thursday 7 November, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Ground Floor
25 Copthall Avenue
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