The project manager is accountable for bringing in the project on time, within budget and to meet the specified requirements. Who is accountable for ensuring the success of the product in the operations life cycle? This is where the project sponsor should step up to the plate.
Sometimes it is difficult to decide who is accountable for an unsuccessful endeavor. One such troubled project which soared 900% over its original budget and finished 3 years late was the Holyrood Project to construct the Scottish Parliament Buildings.
Lord Fraser’s inquiry into the failed project found, after analyzing the 7 years of the Holyrood project, “no single victim” for the projects failings. An independent report into whether the Government was accountable for the troubled project, failed to find any civil servants responsible for the fiasco. It said they had all acted in good faith, but press reaction labelled the report a “white-wash”.