Review Team Members
Each review team member is an essential part of the Gateway review team. Team members are selected because of their background, experience and specialist skills are needed to make the review successful. Other review team members are likely to have different skills and experience, which in combination will enable each area of the project review to be covered effectively.
Throughout the review, the review team should work in partnership with the client organisation.
Review team members are expected to:
- work with the review team leader (RTL) and other review team members to collect and evaluate evidence that the project
- work with the RTL to check that the recommendations from any previous Gateway review have been implemented (following the SRO agreement to disclose the previous report). If they have not been implemented the team should expect a good case for, and an explanation of, the alternative action pursued.
- ensure open and honest interaction with the project team,
- contribute to the review team’s informal discussion at the end of each day with the SRO to summarise emerging findings.
- contribute to clear and robust recommendations and though the team can recommend that urgent critical action is required, the review team does not have authority to stop the project.
- the report presented by the review team should be as clear and as robust as necessary.
- agree with the rest of the review team on an overall assessment of the project’s status.
The review team leader acts as the owner of the Gateway process throughout the planning meeting and the Gateway review itself, managing the review team through to the successful delivery of the final report to the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO). The SRO will consider you as the person tasked with overall responsibility for implementing the Gateway review.
Throughout the Gateway review the review team should work in partnership with the client organisation.
The review team leader is expected to:
- have overall control of the Gateway review.
- check to ensure that the recommendations from the previous Gateway report have been implemented (following agreement from SRO to disclose the report). If they have not been implemented you should expect a good case for, and an explanation of, the alternative action pursued.
- ensure open and honest interaction with the SRO and the project team, and you should have an informal discussion at the end of each day with the SRO to summarise emerging findings.
- make recommendations that are consistent with your findings and are evidence based.
- if necessary recommend that critical work is required on the project but you do not have authority to stop the project.
- be as clear and as robust as necessary in the report.
- provide an overall assessment of the project’s status.
Review team leaders need to build relationships with a number of people. This includes the review team members (RTMs), the SRO and the project manager.