Introducing STAR workshops


STAR workshops bring together selected representatives of a project (e.g. the client, project team members, suppliers, resource providers. sponsors etc) in order to review the project and put in place the vital task and team requirements for a successful project outcome. They provide a forum for the team to review current issues and then apply selected tools and techniques to resolve them.

The structure for a workshop is tailored to the project in question and the stage it has reached. A typical workshop has three key stages. The review stage evaluates the current status using the PRISM Test to assess the six critical management components which most impact on eventual project performance and identify current key issues.

Based on the outcome of the PRISM Test findings, project team members work through the issues requiring attention. Team discussions are facilitated with the aid of the STAR system® toolkit which provides a framework of tools and techniques, enabling the team to resolve each of the issues in a logical and systematic manner.

The final stage of the workshop involves the project team agreeing the actions to be taken after the workshop and how progress will be reviewed.

Typical benefits obtained by clients from a STAR workshop include:
  • the strategic goals and priorities for the project are clarified
  • ownership of the project within the business is defined
  • project management roles and responsibilities are agreed
  • the strategy for stakeholder communication is developed
  • the credibility and robustness of the project plan is enhanced
  • performance measures and reporting procedures are agreed
  • critical risks are identified and contingencies are agreed
  • the roles and responsibilities of project team members are defined