- Skills gap: Those commissioning the project did not have the necessary skills. Neither the councillors, the key council officers who supported the original decision, nor those who have managed the Council's side of the project.
- Advice gap: The solution to a lack of skill for a project is to go out and secure the necessary expertise. The tram project has been notable in its failure so to do effectively. That might apply to efforts to get the right contract, reliable legal advice, reasonable risk advice, independent directors. For example, we were told that extra money had been spent at the stage of letting the contract which transferred 95% of the risk to away from the Council. There were repeated assurances that tie was on the right side of the majority of the contractual disputes. The evidence on both these points suggests such expert assurances were wide of the mark. Nor has expensive legal advice racked up a reputation for reliability.
- Governance gap: The delivery model - the arms length company tie ltd is now being downsized to a skeleton. That reflects its failure to successfully manage the delivery of the project. There seems little room for doubt that it was not the right way to govern the project.
Previous posts in this series here and here.