It always amazes me in large programmes of work how, over time, the programme tends to grow arms and legs.
What do I mean by this?
In order to manage and control the programme, activities have to happen to provide data to senior stakeholders in a structured manner. The capture of this data takes time and effort. The structuring of this data in a consistent manner across all work streams takes time and effort. The reporting of this data in powerpoint slides plus the time in meetings talking through those slides all takes time and effort. Over time, these activities to monitor and control a project end up taking over the activities that are actually delivering the project benefits. What this means in the end is that a large percentage of time of those people who need to be delivering project products end up doing things that do not contribute to those project products. A cottage industry is created of wasteful activities.