We don’t just advise, we also deliver!
There is no substitute for experience and we at Bestoutcome have an excellent record of success at managing and delivering business/IT change programmes.
These programmes have typically been large, complex and encompassed many inter-dependent projects, functions and third parties.
We achieve programme and project success by practising what we preach, following the guiding principles of Outcome Management (OM), an approach dedicated to achieving the best business outcomes from programmes and projects.
It's not just about processes but also about people. Our mentoring approach combined with our easy to use products deliver real value quickly.
Transform your PMO
Here at Bestoutcome we understand how PMOs work, and have helped many of our clients transform their underperforming, traditional project management offices to higher value-adding portfolio management offices.
The purpose of a portfolio management office is to support the definition and delivery of a balanced portfolio of programmes and projects which best support the achievement of the organisation’s strategic objectives; maximising the value achieved by these programmes and projects, taking account of the organisation’s risk appetite.
We have the tools, processes and experience to work with you and transform your project office to a portfolio management office.
Taking the project’s temperature
Just as the medical profession urges us to have regular health-checks to see if our bodies are functioning as they should, project managers should be encouraged to undergo regular ‘project health-checks’.
As a project proceeds through its life cycle, it is essential to regularly check that the benefits are on track to be delivered, and if they are not, taking appropriate action. Although the project manager should be checking this regularly, it helps to have an independent review to determine if the business case used to justify the project is going to be realised.
At Bestoutcome we believe that a programme or project exists only to deliver its benefits, and we approach these health-checks not as an audit, but more as a way of helping the project manager and stakeholders focus on delivering the programme or project successfully.
Taking the project’s temperature
We employ some of the UKs’ leading programme management methodology experts, and have developed a suite of change management frameworks, project management lifecycles and systems delivery processes for the UK’s leading oil company, a major high street retailer and an international bank.
Over the last 20 years our consultants have implemented similar solutions at over 100 client organisations, in a variety of private and public sector industries.
We are seeing an upsurge in demand for change management methods largely because of an increased focus on compliance and regulation, especially in the financial services industry.
Recognise and recover a failing programme
Recognise and recover a failing programme In our recent experience, programme delivery has gone into reverse. Change Programmes are by their nature critical endeavours for any organisation. They are typically significant investments with significant business benefits attached. These benefits can range from major cost reduction, like some of the CIP programmes in the NHS, to developing a new product or service. When programmes go off-track, a programme recovery exercise is needed.
Programmes can be that significant that they are monitored at Board level. Sometimes the City has to be notified if they do not deliver the expected benefits or outcomes.
Not all Programmes are successful and, it is a well known fact, that the earlier a failing programme can be turned around or recovered the less the cost and damage to the organisation that has commissioned the programme.
So how do you recognize a failing programme?
Here are some of the tell-tale signs that your programme may be in trouble and needs recovering fast!
The plan is constantly changing
Programme Manager is reluctant to turn the programme RED
The Plan is in PowerPoint or Excel
Budgets are constantly changing
There are no risks
Sponsor is disengaged and not close to the Programme
Programme does not focus on the people and change aspects
Delivery is slipping but Programme Manager believes original date is realistic
Programme team do not refer back to the objectives or outcomes
Our service follows four core principles
Bestoutcome was founded in 2000. We specialise in providing portfolio, programme and project management, services and products to a distinguished set of blue-chip clients.
Our success has been built upon an exceptional group of talented practitioners, all with experience gained in major consultancies, who have assisted some of the UK’s leading organisations to manage major change programmes and providing advice and training in best practice.
Our staff are experienced practitioners – they have been there and got the T-shirt. This means that we can talk to your project and programme sponsors and delivery teams from a position of experience and knowledge to help ensure you achieve successful outcomes.