Guidance

Project and programme management

Essential resources for project delivery professionals leading, managing or involved in projects or programmes in government.

The Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) supports the successful delivery of infrastructure and major government projects by working with government departments and industry. Its support includes offering expertise in all aspects of project delivery.

This page is for project delivery professionals who are seeking guidance on managing projects or programmes.

Refer to the IPA’s assurance review toolkit for guidance on carrying out assurance reviews.

Guidance to follow

The Government Functional Project Delivery Standard

The Government Functional Project Delivery Standard sets out expectations for the direction and management of all government portfolios, programmes and projects.

It is available on Knowledgehub - you’ll need to register first and then select Government Project Delivery Community on the network page.

It provides:

  • descriptions of roles
  • definitions of a project, programme and portfolio
  • practice guidance – for example, of benefits and change management

The IPA’s Guide to Effective Benefits Management in Major Projects provides further guidance for major project teams when undertaking benefits management.

The Treasury Green Book

The Treasury Green Book provides guidance for public sector bodies on how to appraise proposals before committing funds to a policy, programme or project.

This also includes templates for business cases.

Useful resources

The IPA’s Project Initiation Routemap is a helpful tool when starting a project.

Axelos best practice guides cover a range of topics including project management, programme management and risk management. These include Managing Successful Programmes and PRINCE2.

Professional bodies also provide helpful information on project delivery. These include the:

For digital projects, you should also refer to the government Digital Service Standard.

Published 24 August 2017