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Major Project Authority backs new APM Assurance SIG Guide in UK

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2 May 2014 – London, UK – The Association for Project Management (APM) has announced that one of the leading architects of the government’s Major Projects Authority (MPA) model on integrated assurance has welcomed the latest APM Specific Interest Group (SIG) guide release. A Guide to Integrated Assurance – published this month – was written by a cross sector SIG working group, which included input from Phil Kemp at the Cabinet Office (pictured).

The short guide champions an integrated approach to assurance activity at all levels of a project organisation, and is closely aligned to MPA guidance on the topic.

140502-pmwj23-mpa-IMAGE“MPA is at the forefront of driving integrated assurance in the Government’s major projects,” said Phil. “The MPA director general endorsed my involvement in the work with APM on this. Together with two other civil servants, (from HMRC and DWP), who have been actively involved in rolling out integrated assurance in departments, it was recognised in MPA that our input to the APM SIG working group was naturally always going to have some influence on the APM product.”

The MPA – a collaboration between the Cabinet Office, HM Treasury and departments – was established with the fundamental aim of significantly improving the delivery success rate of major projects across central government. This includes the planning, coordination and provision of assurance activities throughout the ‘policy to delivery’ lifecycle in a way which provides greater assurance with less effort.

A Guide to Integrated Assurance continues with this theme and offers project practitioners background to the topic, principles to be followed and an approach to take for implementation. It also identifies important roles and responsibilities.

Speaking about the guide’s objectives, Roy Millard, chair of the APM Assurance SIG, said: “This guide will enable organisations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of assurance activities such that stakeholders may have more confidence in the successful outcomes of their projects whilst the cost and negative impacts of assurance will be reduced.”

Roy, who is part of the author group on the guide, showcased the latest thinking on integrated assurance at a recent event.

A Guide to Integrated Assurance is provisionally priced at £10 (£9 for APM members). To register your interest and purchase your copy in advance, please email APM.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with more than 21,000 individual and 540 corporate members.  The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management