Deposit Return Scheme – assurance of action plan: report – September 2021

This is an evidence-based snapshot of the status of the Deposit and Return Scheme (DRS) for Scotland programme carried out by an independent review team on 21-23 September 2021. It was performed as part of the Scottish Government’s review into the implementation timetable for DRS.

Annex C

Scottish Government - Programme and Project Management Principles

1. Approach

  • Our approach to managing programmes and projects is proportionate, effective and consistent with recognised good practice.

2. Business Case

  • We secure a mandate for our work; identify, record and evaluate our objectives and options for meeting them; and ensure that we secure and maintain management commitment to our selected approach.

3. Roles and Responsibilities

  • We assign clear roles and responsibilities to appropriately skilled and experienced people and ensure their levels of delegated authority are clearly defined.

4. Benefits

  • We record the benefits we seek, draw up a plan to deliver them and evaluate our success.

5. Risk

  • We identify, understand, record and manage risks that could affect the delivery of benefits.

6. Planning

  • We develop a plan showing when our objectives will be met and the steps towards achieving them, including appropriate assurance and review activities, and re-plan as necessary.

7. Resource Management

  • We identify the financial and other resources, inside and outside the organisation, required to meet our objectives.

8. Stakeholder Management

  • We identify those affected by our work and engage them throughout the process from planning to delivery.

9. Transition

  • We ensure that the transition to business as usual maximises benefits and that operational delivery is efficient and effective.

10. Lessons

  • We record lessons from our programmes and projects and share them with others so they may learn from our experience.



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