Your StrategyReviewDesignDelivery

Our Services

Independent Program Review

A rapid, evidence-based, assessment of a business-critical program, performed by experienced management practitioners. With no-nonsense plans, Mentor’s Independent Program Review steers an off-track program back into calmer waters.

Business-critical programs don’t come around very often; maybe every 3-5 years, or so. For this reason, few companies have the deep savvy needed to make well-informed judgements on how to tackle them.

Why business-critical programs fail

Programs falter for the same reasons. At one extreme, vague objectives; fantasy plans; dreadful supplier performance and hopeless control systems. At the other – truant sponsorship; ‘karaoke’ program management and under-resourced teams.

While the patterns tend to be the same in every company, each program setting is unique. Mentor applies its deep knowledge and competence to sort them out.

Why business-critical programs fail

Programs falter for the same reasons. At one extreme, vague objectives; fantasy plans; dreadful supplier performance and hopeless control systems. At the other – truant sponsorship; ‘karaoke’ programme management and under-resourced teams.

While the patterns tend to be the same in every company, each program setting is unique. Having decoded the patterns, Mentor applies its deep knowledge and competence to sort them out.

We scale the problem, highlight areas for change
and come up with answers

A rapid assessment of the health of a business-critical program – or program portfolio. Mostly done ‘in-flight’, by seasoned program experts, we scale the problem, highlight areas for change and propose answers.

STRUCTURED INTERVIEWS

  • Penetrating question and answer sessions
  • Includes stakeholders, architects, project teams, suppliers, critical resource owners
  • Embraces 10 themes of Mentor’s ‘Successful Delivery Framework’
  • Face-to-face, video or audio conference, where necessary

A rapid assessment of the health of a business-critical program – or program portfolio. Mostly done ‘in-flight’, by seasoned program experts, we scale the problem, highlight areas for change and propose answers.

DOCUMENTATION REVIEW

  • Initial definition of scope of work
  • Budgets, high level financials, financial tracking processes and tools, reconciliation, projections and variations
  • Organisation and resources
  • Program plan
  • Performance management
  • Governance and communications

A rapid assessment of the health of a business-critical program – or program portfolio. Mostly done ‘in-flight’, by seasoned program experts, we scale the problem, highlight areas for change and propose answers.

DATA ANALYSIS

  • Transparent, challenging and focused ‘deep dive’ approach

A rapid assessment of the health of a business-critical program – or program portfolio. Mostly done ‘in-flight’, by seasoned program experts, we scale the problem, highlight areas for change and propose answers.

FINDINGS

  • Scale of potential challenges, highlighting areas for improvement, acceleration and strengthening
  • Used to develop a final report setting out the necessary action plans to deliver the business case

What our clients say about us

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

What you’re getting when you employ Mentor, at least from my experience, is some seasoned experienced professionals – they may not thank me for that – but you’re not getting theoretical presentation drawers, although I’m sure they have confidence in that space. What you’re getting is guys who’ve been there and have been at the coalface delivering difficult complex major programs, often that are not in a very healthy state when they’re engaged. That was really important when I employed them, in that there wasn’t time for people to get up to speed, there wasn’t time to review 100-page presentation packs. This was about getting in quickly, understanding the key issues and doing something about it, and that’s exactly what Mentor did.

I learned from Mentor that when you’re embarking on a major complex program, don’t wait until you encounter difficulties or challenges, until you engage the experts and those who have been there and done it and have the experience. It’s better to work out what it is you’re trying to deliver and then bring in companies like Mentor to build the approach, build the processes in the program office, and then set off in a quality way rather than doing so at a later date.

When you start a major program, don’t wait until you encounter difficulties before you engage the experts. Bring in companies like Mentor to build the approach, build the processes and the Program Office and then set off in a quality way rather than doing this at a later date.

David Sangster
Senior TMT Executive (former Airwave UK GM)

Act now. Get in touch

Have a question? Want to chat? Ready to get started? Use the form below and we’ll get back to you within one working day.