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Clear escalation path. Related to transparency is having a clear escalation path for raising issues and risks as trends get identified. This allows for rapid decision making and action to mitigate the risks and issues. For example, if one of the program dashboards is showing that a project is at risk of not meeting a milestone there should be a documented process for whom to escalate to, when, and at what meeting/­format. ). For this case study, I refer to a new product development program within Personal Line Property and Casualty Insurance, where we developed a new home­owners’ rate plan, and I cite examples of successfully using transparency in program management.

Although the wider executive and program management team agreed on the need for elevated diligence and heighted scrutiny against the program’s delivery, financial reporting remained an open issue. 28 • Applying Principles of Effective Program Delivery Many of the executive team and program management team members had grown accustomed to the current u ­ nit-­based financials. This method of financial reporting gave little insight into the true nature of delivery against program commitments. In order to obtain a more accurate view against delivery, two key steps were taken: • Consistent implementation of milestones, as measured against consistent module definitions • Expenses by individual cost center to enable asset/­module level reporting BUILDING THE DILIGENCE FRAMEWORK With agreement between the two organizations regarding the need to define visibility in a cohesive way, both the program and delivery teams were able to decide upon concrete next steps in order to set in place the foundation that would allow for ­long-­term visibility, and begin to force a culture of delivery diligence.

28 • Applying Principles of Effective Program Delivery Many of the executive team and program management team members had grown accustomed to the current u ­ nit-­based financials. This method of financial reporting gave little insight into the true nature of delivery against program commitments. In order to obtain a more accurate view against delivery, two key steps were taken: • Consistent implementation of milestones, as measured against consistent module definitions • Expenses by individual cost center to enable asset/­module level reporting BUILDING THE DILIGENCE FRAMEWORK With agreement between the two organizations regarding the need to define visibility in a cohesive way, both the program and delivery teams were able to decide upon concrete next steps in order to set in place the foundation that would allow for ­long-­term visibility, and begin to force a culture of delivery diligence.

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