The #LimerickCityOfCulture project and its tempestuous relationship with its citizens seems to have calmed, if only until the jetstream of public opinion regenerates its energy. In the wake of recent controversy regarding the roll-out of the project, the eerie silence from the Project Team (in terms of communicating out the current project status) is just a small bit worrying don’t you think?
Has the Project Team learnt anything at all during the last few weeks? You see, apart from a brief upload to the Vimeo website yesterday where Mr. Fitzpatrick tells us to ‘keep up-to-date’, we really have seen very little about The Plan. Yes, we’ve seen some “what’s-on-this-week” type information but what about The Plan?
Limerick 2030 would like answers to three simple questions:
Will you publish our Limerick City of Culture Project Charter?
Will you publish our Cost/Benefit analysis document?
Will you publish our Project Schedule and our Roles and Responsibilities matrix?
Without these fundamental documents, we fear that the governance for the project is flawed. If the governance is flawed, then we have little hope of the project being delivered successfully. Of course, the word ‘successfully’ is in itself is a fuzzy term, given that we are not aware of what the criteria for success are. This leads us to another topic in a similar vein. What are the success criteria for this project?
Without knowing what to measure, record and track in terms of the Project outcomes, how do we say whether the project is a success or not? Well we hate to say it but,
It’s just not possible!
But wait, maybe the media and quasi-informed-political-opinions could be the determining factor when it comes to measuring this Project’s success. Do we really want our City of Culture year to be measured by opinion, or would we prefer it to be measured by fact? In summary, we believe that we need to ask more from the Project Team behind this initiative, so that we can be reassured that they are going about the project delivery and measurement, in a professional manner. Indeed we hope and pray that the Limerick 2030 project does not see the issues that this project has had to-date.
Will you join us in our quest for the 3 documents above? Spread the word ár gcairde.
Is mise le meas,
Limerick 2030 (not)