Data quality issues in the public sector The public sector collects a lot of data. Huge quantities. But how good is it? It is used by management and central government to monitor workloads and critical success factors. Important policy decisions are taken, budgets are set, all based on the 'data' (and the information managers think they … Continue reading Fixing data quality in the public sector
About once a year, I realise how geeky I am when I go to the UK Authority Data4Good conference. When I sit in a room with so many enthusiastic data analysts and scientists who are doing so many great things with data in the public sector (especially around the vulnerable), it gives me hope that … Continue reading Public Data for good? Absolutely!
The disastrous smart meter project in the UK has now had the expected benefits downgraded to just £11 per participating household per year. I wonder if this project was yet another vanity project that did not have a robust business case? Even at £22per household per year how did that justify a multi billion ££ … Continue reading Benefits of smart meters downgraded….is that a surprise?
We are all used to seeing business plans with lists of mouth watering benefits predicted for the project - but how realistic are they? Have they been through a serious scrutiny? I catagorise benefits in the following ways: Green - Green means that there is a high level of confidence and empirical evidence that the benefit … Continue reading How realistic are your benefits predictions?
The extrovert ideal in the workplace I read an extraordinary book recently about introvert and extrovert traits and how they affect us all. Aside from some fascinating science about what makes us as we are, there was a chapter about our inbuilt traits in relation to our workplaces and productivity. Like many if not … Continue reading How to increase productivity and innovation whilst also increasing employee satisfaction and retention….
Today's news that the Better Care project, to merge health and social care in the community has failed to deliver any benefits comes as no surprise to me. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38894593 Let me first say I do not have first hand experience in this exact area but I do have experience in local authorities and in business … Continue reading Bad business cases lead to bad projects…
So often, in my experience, the case for a project has been made well before the business case has been written – in which case the business case is written entirely to confirm some managers whim that his pet project is a good idea. I once had to write a long, in depth business case, … Continue reading The business case
Benefit Analysis How does a business work out what the benefits will be? Following on from my post on the Benefits Realisation Process, I devised a method for this. Log the benefit – spreadsheets work well for this Record the value, use of time saved etc Classify the benefit Classification Cashable, non cashable, intangible, … Continue reading Benefit Analysis – what are your benefits going to be?
To recap on my previous post managers who commission a project need to think about the following: Be clear about the benefits they are buying - your project is costing £xxx what are you getting for that money? Are you sure? failing projects do not have brilliant business cases That in most cases you can trace … Continue reading How to make sure your project has benefits!
In a previous job, I was involved in writing business cases and when I was asked to write the first one, I discovered that the organisation had no formal methodology for writing one and so I researched the area and developed a method of writing a business case with a clear, and realistic benefits realisation … Continue reading Why do so many projects fail to deliver the benefits claimed?