Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:56 am Post subject: CAB Role question
Can someone help me clear up a question currently in debate at my office?
We have the typical elementary process with a CAB assessing RFC’s prior to promotion to production. We also have a significant portfolio of projects underway (out to EOY 2015). The projects are run under Prince2 and bundled as a program.
At this stage the pipeline of project proposals is not really co-ordinated and it’s really first in best dressed with projects assessed individually and mostly from an NPV/IRR perspective.
I am arguing that we need a formalised pipeline planning process which has a broader organisational perspective in which we build a roadmap and have a considered decision making process which assessed project pipeline proposals against, the relevant strategies, plans and available forward budgets.
The question is what is the role of the CAB in this environment?
Some argue that the CAB should be the planning/assessment mechanism for the pipeline roadmap however others argue that the membership is wrong as they are focused mostly on imediate change to production and the pipleline is so far removed from production cutover (years in some cases) that another body should fulfil this role.
Another case against is that much is unknown, ie some pipeline projects are just option investigation projects which may never get to a production environment.
The availaible documentation on the CAB is not entirely clear, and while it does incorporate planning it seems to be more focused on the immediate rather than the long term.
So I'm interested in both theory, but also what is the reality on the ground. how do others deal with this issue?
I’d really appreciate the forums views and cases for/against in helping me resolve this impass.
I sense your comments reinforce my personal view that the CAB role is contained around pending (read immediate) change to production rather than a longer term horizon. Specifically John's comment around programme management resinates with this.
So to restate, the role of the CAB is purely "Operations Change Management"
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