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PROGRAMME MOBILISATION - DIAGNOSTIC

How well is your programme mobilised?

Mobilisation brings significant benefits:
  • increased likelihood of successfully delivering
  • reduced cost to deliver
  • increased and sustained uplift in your capability to deliver
  • an improvement in the likely return on investment
  • raised morale, reduced stress, reduced risk, improved performance and productivity

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Signs of poor Mobilisation

Whilst many delivery issues might be considered as stemming from a lack of proper mobilisation, we see the following as the issues most often seen:

  • A delivery team that is very busy, but milestones and being missed and there is little real progress being made
  • Decisions are frequently changed
  • Uncertainty about what is landing, when
  • People are confused about decisions, status and responsibilitues
  • Lack of ownership, with people disengaging
  • Costs escalating

Things you might want to consider

When thinking about your own mobilisation:

  • Do I really need it?  How experienced are we in change?  What is the recent record regarding delivery? Have there been failures that could be traced back to poor mobilisation and set-up?
  • Reactive or proactive?  There is often a desire to rush into delivery with, almost invariably, a downstream price to pay. The unseen certainty of failure is often unknowingly preferred to the certain  investment in reducing the risk through proper mobilisation
  • Stop or plough on? With run rates often exceeding £100k/week, effective mobilisation can pay significant dividends – even if only making clearer options to accept risk knowingly. Mobilisation can legitimately bleed into delivery, and it may even be appropriate to pause and ‘remobilise’ in some situations
  • Do I need all of it?  Perhaps not – every situation is different and flexibility is needed to make sure the investment is right

When to think about mobilisation

Looking at mobilisation can be  important in several different circumstances:

  • Proactively: before you embark on a step-change in your transformation ambition
  • Reactively: when delivery of the current portfolio or programme is struggling – especially early in the lifecycle
  • Responsively: when recent change has been disappointing or unsuccessful
  • Selectively: in programmes where there is high exposure or risk
  • For reassurance: when the change or programme leader would benefit from some support

Other things you might find useful

In addition to the Mobilisation Diagnostic tool, we have included below, a brief documents that you might find useful – a high-level view of mobilisation from a conversation with an expert on the subject.

In this conversation we asked what he looked for in a well-mobilised programme and he listed 9 characteristics.

We’ve pulled these together into a simple PowerPoint slide and we hope you find it useful. The nine points are all covered in more detail, in the Mobilisation Diagnostic.

We’ve also included a download of the illustration used on this page; it might be useful in presentations you’re preparing around mobilisation.

DOWNLOADS YOU MAY FIND USEFUL

CASE STUDIES

The Partners in Change team bring an impressive breadth and depth of experience and expertise to each and every engagement. Click below to read about some of the latest work we have recently completed.

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