Business coaching and consulting – feature in the Canberra Times 27 April 2022

Regardless of which party wins the election on May 21, the Australian Public Service (APS) will soon have to deliver on a major new policy and reform agenda. The team at consulting firm Tanner James says that a transient workforce is not going to be the ideal way for the APS to deliver policy.

“We believe consultants serve the APS best by helping transfer specialist knowledge and building the capability of public servants, not by taking their jobs”, said John Howarth the Executive Director of Tanner James.

Tanner James is a trusted advisor to the APS on the practical application of global best practice program and project management.

“As a Canberra-based company, we have extensive public sector implementation expertise based on 28 years of working across every portfolio. ”

The company helps departments and agencies implement major policy, reform, and transformation initiatives through programs and projects.

Tanner James is an AXELOS Consulting Partner for the project management frameworks PRINCE2 and PRINCE2 Agile and the program management framework Managing Successful Programmes (MSP).

Tanner James’ experience across the public sector shows that while training courses provide good foundational knowledge, the real value of such learning is only realised for the APS when the knowledge is put into practice with the guidance and support of experienced people.

“The Tanner James ethos is to meld our extensive experience of implementing program and project management best practice in the APS with the subject matter expertise of public servants to establish first-class programs and projects that deliver.

“There will always be a need for external specialists to deliver complex initiatives.”

Tanner James are experts at helping the APS adapt program and project management methods to create trusted, true partnerships with all delivery partners with clear objectives, collaborative performance and genuine engagement.

“Building APS capability by working alongside public servants, not doing their jobs for them, creates a robust design and delivery culture within departments and agencies.”

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