What we do
We provide management consulting services in Australia that are in the areas of:
- Strategy and Policy
- Governance and Performance
- Transformation and Change
- Board and CEO Solutions
Strategy & Policy
An organisation’s strategies and policies encapsulate the how, what, when and why of the business. Strategies and policies that are realistic, current and understandable determine an organisation’s direction and growth.
As the old maxim goes, those that fail to plan, plan to fail.
Strategies enable the planning and progression of the business to be efficient and guided. They link corporate direction and business objectives to the operational aspects of the business through plans for critical matters such as performance, information, digital and information technology, business intelligence, communications and transitional change.
Strategic planning is essential to the development of operational systems that hold quality information to meet business needs. Our business management consultants can take clients from innovative ideas through policy development, feasibility and business cases to the management and realisation of benefits, the mitigation of risk and corporate reporting.
Strategies must be consistent with the development of well-considered and workable policies. We have a deep understanding of the full policy development cycle, from determining options for achieving a particular policy objective, selection and design of policy to achieve the outcomes being sought through to identifying the criteria required to evaluate the impact of the policy. We understand the complexity of policy development in the public sector and have extensive experience in identifying and consulting with groups that policy change may affect.
Our management consultants in Australia can assist you with identifying and assessing the feasibility of policy options, quantifying and costing the risks and impact of new or changed policy, defining performance indicators and undertaking benchmarking studies to provide a baseline, developing policy evaluation frameworks and conducting data audits to make sure that the right data is available for evaluation.
Our strategy and policy services include:
- Policy Development
- Corporate Planning
- Strategic Planning
- Program Development
- Business Case Development
- Digital Advisory
Governance and Performance
Where strategy and policy guides good work, achieving the desired outcomes, depends on good business performance and strong business governance. Improved business performance is facilitated by arriving at a clear understanding of business’s goals, risks, and strategies. Performance and benefit measurement provides the mechanism which informs your business of the success of your corporate direction and strategy. Knowing what to measure, how to measure it, and how to report it is what leads to effective benefit and performance realisation.
We can assist you to establish the governance frameworks required for implementing policies, programs and project governance, consulting on optimising business-as-usual good practice, and improving organisational performance. By confirming the regulatory and reporting business context, determining structure, roles and responsibilities, developing guiding concepts and processes you can drive business value, reducing risk and improving quality and services.
Performance scorecards and benefits management frameworks that link to the information requirements of the organisation ensure that the effectiveness of corporate and business plans is enhanced. Changes in business focus and drivers can be properly reflected, while ensuring currency is maintained with regard to industry standards, benchmarks, and customer expectations.
We conduct reviews, assessments, health checks, analyses and evaluations of and for clients for a range of business reasons. These can include status reviews, operational reviews, implementation reviews and performance reviews. Our aim with all types of reviews is to provide factual reporting against documented needs and to recommend appropriate actions.
Our business governance and performance services include:
- Governance Development
- Benefits Realisation
- Policy Evaluation
- Performance Measurement & Review
- Operational Review
- Risk & Compliance
Transformation and Change
Business transformation – changing business to a new form – is a fundamental fact of life for organisations.
While it is essential for organisations to respond to stimulus and change as a result of a desire to innovate or environmental pressures, there are substantial costs associated with poor transformation. An appropriate level of investment in requirements, analysis and design, prior to transforming practices and systems, is vital.
Business applications that fail to meet business requirements are costly to develop, costly to fix, do not provide expected benefits, and may even damage the organisation’s business and reputation. We can help mitigate the risk of application failure and help you to recover from projects that have gone off the rails.
We can take clients from business analysis and business requirements through system specification to proposal and tender documentation and evaluation, project management and pre- and post-implementation reviews.
Our business transformation & change services include:
- Business Analysis & Modelling
- Requirements & Guidelines
- Processes & Procedures
- Solution Evaluation & Procurement
- Program, Project & Change Management
- Gateway & Implementation Reviews
Board and CEO Solutions
Leadership at Board and CEO level is critical to organisation success. With modernising work environment, we seek to supply essential support to leaders and the structures of boards, so the leadership team has its best chance of success.
- Board Design and Implementation
- Board Governance & Oversight
- Board Coaching & Advisory
- CEO Coaching & Advisory
- Interim Board Member & CEO
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Business Case Planning and Development
Business cases ensure robust analysis for informed decision-making and the agreed prioritisation of expenditure. They collaborate with business and project teams, establish pragmatic approaches for specified objectives, prioritise resources and mitigate risks. They are a powerful communication tool to succinctly convey intent, scope, accountabilities and benefits.
Our approach to business case development is based on proven Government standards. We have developed detailed guides and templates, and tailored financial analysis tools.
Our extensive experience, knowledge and continued involvement allows us to provide our clients the benefits of the latest outcomes and thinking in many key areas where we are directly engaged, such as:
· Expectations for Capital vs Recurrent spending
· Preferences and priorities of Government and Treasury
· Requisites of business case lifecycles and related obligations
· Integration with Business strategies and business-as-usual
· Building with Gateway Review and ICT Assurance Frameworks
· Benefits, types and approaches for Corporate savings
· Innovation/initiative lifecycles and stakeholder engagement
We have a team of experienced business case developers that encompass all sectors of Government. Our team’s experience covers the machinery of Government and managing successful projects from conceptualisation to implementation. We bring in-depth experience in developing costs, benefits and benefit realisation models, and provide decision makers the information needed to confidently instigate new projects.
We have completed literally hundreds of business cases, with the value of programs ranging up to now billions of dollars, and benefits that transform entire businesses. We retain an enviable record for successfully obtaining funding and enabling practical benefits realisation.
Organisations invest in projects in order to achieve changes to their organisational capability. The expectation is that sufficient benefits will be realised in order to improve the ‘bottom line’ and that this justifies the expenditure. The practice of benefits realisation is regarded as a critical success factor in all international standards for project delivery.
Key challenges for benefits
Benefits should be realised whenever there are changes made to organisational capability, but this is not a guaranteed outcome. A benefits management plan needs to be applied throughout any project.
Benefits realisation management is a distinct discipline and is best structured as a separate stream within any project, likely providing similar management across a number of projects. When project goals change, as they inevitably do, this approach should ensure that any impact on benefits is key to informed decisions and that benefits always remain aligned and relevant to the business.
A key element of the benefits management framework is that benefits realisation continues well beyond the lifecycle of the project, and the project team, that delivers the desired organisational capability change. This ongoing realisation into an often moving business environment must be managed.
Financial befefits – measurable in financial terms
Quantifiable benefits – measurable in non-financial terms
Recognisable benefits – measurable via indirect measures only
Intangible benefits – non-measurable improvements
Governance for benefits management must integrate into the highest levels with senior executive level buy-in and ownership of benefits. Progression (or otherwise) of benefits needs to be reported on regularly to provide management with an overview of actual project outcomes, not just the on-time, on-budget implementation.
Gateway, Project, Operational & Performance Management Reviews Approach
We conduct reviews, assessments, health checks, analyses and evaluations of and for clients for a range of business reasons. Our aim with all types of reviews is to provide factual reporting against documented needs and to recommend appropriate actions.
The main types of reviews that we conduct are:
Status reviews – Current position or direction of the client eg status review, needs assessment, risk assessment, literature scan, impact analysis.
Operational reviews – Capability and efficiency of the organisation, to determine gaps and opportunities for change eg process review, maturity assessment, benchmark, compliance check, IT audit.
Implementation reviews – How well a change to the organisation might work or has worked eg pre/post-implementation review, software evaluation, health check, options analysis.
Performance reviews – Effectiveness in achieving goals or objectives eg performance report, benefits realisation
The focus it the review – its subject – depends on the needs of the client, and can cut across thematic or systematic aspects. Most commonly, our reviews have addressed the following subjects:
Environment– A physical, social, or other context of the client eg competitors, government policy
Organisation– All or part of the organisational structure of the client eg a department, division
Function – Something that the organisation does eg caring for patients, building roads
System/Architecture – A software application eg records management, billing
Concept – Any problem, issue or concern requiring review eg business benefits, new technology
Privacy – Personal and health information eg legislative impacts, public perception issues and consumer impacts
Customer Experience – we consider the customer experience during a review to ensure the solution will deliver the intended value
The methodology of our reviews reflects the type and subject of each review, and will always be formulated to match client needs. Broadly, however, our reviews are a comparative analysis between the intended and the actual, where the intended might or might not be explicitly stated prior to the review process. Prior to any review, we establish clarity with our client on:
Review Nature – What is requested by the client
Review Type – What kind of review, based on the purpose
Subject– What is being reviewed
Target – What the review is being measured against
After knowing this, we are able to develop a bespoke methodology that will meet the expected and anticipated needs of our clients.