How Does Your Project Or Program Stack-Up?

Are you doing the right things at the right time? Could you be doing things better? Is your initiative on-track and meeting expectations? Where should you focus effort when time is short? These are common questions for even the most experienced manager. However, they are hard to answer objectively when you’re in the thick [...]

By |2020-09-29T14:04:59+10:00July 23rd, 2020|APS, Leadership, PRINCE2|0 Comments

How To Get The Best From Public Service EPMOs

You work in a major public service department or agency.  It has an Enterprise PMO of some description – the team that prescribes programme and project management frameworks, and reports on major initiatives to top-level senior executives. It has been around for a while, and there is a feeling that now is the time to [...]

By |2020-09-29T14:17:13+10:00June 30th, 2020|APS, PMO|0 Comments

DTA Digital Summit 2019 – Tanner James Reflections

Canberra put on a perfect spring day and public servants from across the Territory and beyond came out to network. Congratulations to the DTA for a well organised event – the venue and speakers were first class and this created a great atmosphere and engaged discussions. This event acknowledged that data and technology continue [...]

Is the APS immune from disruption?

Disruptor: “an entity that changes the way an industry or sector operates, especially in a new, more effective and unexpected way. They may create a market where none existed before” - A guide to AgileSHIFT, 2018 Over the last couple of decades there have been a number of notable stories of organisations being disrupted [...]

Digital Transformation; Essential but Hard

Recently I presented a webinar along side Tom Lynam where we discussed digital transformation and some of the systemic challenges currently faced by organisations. While I got some early feedback that this topic already had a lot of content available, I wanted to write this post to share some of the key items we [...]

Leading Transformation – Practical Guidance from the Public Sector

The complexity and scale of business transformation taking place now is completely unprecedented, with huge changes taking place in all sectors – private, public and not for profit. While transformation through projects and programs is not new, it is important for any organization to invest in building their capability to successfully lead, manage and [...]

A simple way to double the transformation and implementation capacity of the APS overnight

A recent survey of over 800 state and federal employees recently conducted by Professor Peter Shergold and highlighted by The Mandarin suggested that nearly three-quarters of public servants believe the public service is too hierarchical. I agree. There is a very simple way to translate this disquiet into a dramatic increase in management capacity [...]

By |2019-11-25T05:55:10+11:00November 29th, 2018|APS, Leadership, Program Management, Project Management|0 Comments

Public sector agility requires good culture and proper governance

Almost everyone in Australia is aware of the banking royal commission. It issued an interim report about a month ago. The following extract from the report caught my eye: “Good culture and proper governance cannot be implemented by passing a law. Culture and governance are affected by rules, systems and practices but in the [...]

Building APS Implementation Capability

I believe there was a lot of good stuff in the 2016 report “Learning from Failure” by Professor Peter Shergold AC. But that was two years ago, so everyone has moved on from then, right? I sincerely hope not. In his review Professor Shergold identified 10 key lessons to be learned, the first one [...]

By |2019-11-25T05:56:21+11:00August 30th, 2018|APS, Leadership, Project Management|0 Comments

Agile to be used for implementation of the APS Review

As most of you know, an Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (APS) is underway. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 31 July 2018 (if you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to contribute here). The review will report in the first half of 2019. The scope of the review [...]


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