Project Sponsorship and the Third Runway at Heathrow
There is an interesting article in this week’s New Civil Engineer concerning the recent government decision that Heathrow is the best place to build additional runway capacity in the South East. In an interview with Phil Wilbraham, Heathrow Airport Ltd’s programme director and Tony Caccavone, co-programme director, amongst many good things they say “And crucially, operations people are in from the start. We had some very painful learning after the Terminal 5 opening.”
I used Heathrow T5 as an example in my book to illustrate the point that once the Project Sponsor has engaged a Project Manager, and is happy that the Project Manager has got to grips with delivering the project, the Sponsor’s attention should shift to preparing for the day the facility opens. A multitude of people and organisations must be focused on ensuring that the benefits of the project are realised.