How to get 57 percent more value from your capital programme.

  Download this blog as a pdf Introducing a better way to prioritise projects A tall order? Maybe, but we’ve recently completed work for a major UK Government agency and improved outcomes by 57% within the existing budget. The issue. The organisation was under pressure to deliver more from its capital programme despite severe financial constaints and a need to demonstrate that it was delivering the best value for money that it possibly could. The programme we were given is very complex; 3,500 projects and £1.8b spend. The question was which schemes to fund to delivery maximum value? As most people do, the current approach was to include the schemes that contribute most to the goals first and then keep adding more projects until all the resources are fully allocated. This is the ‘Big First’ strategy and it’s a good one. For simple programmes it can often achieve up to 70% of what is possible. But is there a better way? Imagine a list of 10 possible projects. Big First, says start with the two largest. But if these consume all the available resources then the remaining eight are left unfunded. But what if taking out one of the two largest projects frees up capacity to undertake three or four of the slightly smaller ones. And what if this was a better overall result? Or what if there were others ways to select schemes? With only 30 potential projects on the ‘to do’ list this becomes impossible ‘by hand’. If you tried a dozen options a minute, every minute since the Big Bang you would still not have scratched the surface....

Shared services are saving costs for Local Authorities, but not all are created equal UPDATED FOR 2016

Shared services in Local Government is big news. But who is achieving best results and how are they doing it? The LGA have published the latest results showing the savings being achieved already. We have analyzed this data to find who is making savings, what type of shared services give best results and what size of partnerships should be pursued? This an update  on the figures that the LGA produced last year and our analysis of it. There is clear evidence of continued impact, but more so in some cases than others. For last year’s results please see our 2015 slide pack, contact us or visit the LGA shared services map at  www.local.gov.uk/shared-services-map. For information on training to improve your shared services and collaborative leadership contact our good friends at Shared Service Architects. We are very grateful to the LGA for providing the data and sense checking the outputs for us.     Share...

What is wrong with business cases?

We’ve been very busy working with nearly 200 folk across the public sector on building better business cases as part of our partnership with CIPFA (details here). We’re very proud that 100% of delegates on these courses have passed their exams – very well done to you all! Doing these courses has led us to reflect on the barriers to better business cases and in summary these are some of the main issues that come up time and again: 1. Insufficient vision – great business cases that win support are those that clearly articulate why this is a once in a career opportunity to do something better and different for users, residents and citizens (that happens to be cheaper), not the other way round. 2. Lack of analysis – compelling business cases need good data, good analysis and clear presentation of the facts 3. Not involving the stakeholders – there is very little point developing options that the decision makers were always going to say ‘No’ to. Much better to spend the time and effort on understanding what could possibly be a ‘Yes’ if there was a bit more detail and depth of understanding. 4. Too many business cases are a ‘sales job’ to get funding and not an exercise in ‘quality of thinking’ – the later is a team game involving co-creating a better future while the former is doing what you were going to do anyway but with someone’s else’s money to back it. As such it’s a recipe for ‘pet projects’ syndrome, or its even uglier elder brother the ‘zombie project’ (that long standing project of doom that simply...
Welcome to our New site

Welcome to our New site

We are pleased to release the new version of our website. Hopefully now much more accessible via all the different internet devices out there on the market now. If you want to know more about i-three, contact us now. Share...