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Overcoming the common reasons why IT change programs fail

Posted by Prue Beams on April 25, 2019

Large-scale IT change programmes are notoriously complex to implement, and all too often fall short of project goals. To deliver the agreed scope on time and within budget takes experienced project management expertise, and ensuring the business is willing to change to reach the strategic outcomes of the project takes active project sponsorship. But these aren’t the only challenges. 

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Topics: Higher Education

What do we mean by 'value for money' in HE

Posted by Mat Kirby on April 23, 2019
The theme for the recent BUFDG Annual Conference (a conference held by the British Universities Finance Directors Group), was "Beyond Money". Going beyond the financial balancing act that comes with running a university, to focus more on the different aspects of 'value', albeit from the perspective of a Finance Director of a higher education institution.
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Topics: Higher Education

Strategic Drift: Why an optimisation review is inevitable

Posted by Prue Beams on April 17, 2019

Let’s be honest, few projects ever manage to deliver all the expected benefits or meet every stakeholders’ expectations. Implementing a new SMS is no small task, and inevitably scope changes, contingencies get spent, and there becomes a bucket of work that falls to the BAU team to be delivered under the ‘Continuous Improvement’ banner. And as time moves on there are new releases, new product modules, changing market drivers and expectations for student experience, new technology platforms and integrations that need to be kept on top of.

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Topics: Higher Education

Gaining buy-in to develop an effective Operational Support Model

Posted by Prue Beams on April 8, 2019

In our last blog we discussed how validating Business and Release Readiness can make or break project success. Which is why the team here at Tribal has worked with customers to develop a best practice readiness validation tool. Used effectively, this tool is proven to:

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Topics: Higher Education

Five reasons you should be attending the Tribal Empower Conference 

Posted by Lauren Hancox on April 4, 2019

You're a long-standing Tribal customer and thinking about attending the Tribal Empower Conference. But you're busy. Budgets are tight. Your manager wants return on investment. Time away from the day job can be difficult to muster … but logic is in the logician.   

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Topics: Higher Education, Further Education, Skills, Training and Employability

Business and Release Readiness: when is the right time to start planning what needs to be assessed?

Posted by Prue Beams on April 1, 2019

The competing demands and stress leading up to go-live can leave any good project manager wondering ‘what have we forgotten?’  It is not unusual for a go-live decision to be based on compromises and an acceptance of a certain amount of risk.  But what can be done leading up to this point to assess how ready an organisation is for the change and to address any business or technical readiness gaps?

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Topics: Higher Education

Essential elements for governing IT change programmes

Posted by Prue Beams on March 21, 2019

In our last blog we talked about key considerations for constructing successful project teams.  But no matter how well you have recruited to those key roles, if you don’t have an effective governance structure in place to support the team, then the project will undoubtably run at a significant risk.  So in this instalment, we’re looking at the essential elements required to effectively govern IT change programmes – starting with the first, and most critical: an influential and committed Project Sponsor…

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Topics: Higher Education

Obtaining meaningful performance comparisons with other public providers in post-secondary education.

Posted by Mat Kirby on March 19, 2019

The usefulness of benchmarking in any instance is the accuracy, validity and consistency of the data collection. This may be achieved via remote collection of data but invariably requires people to be on-site to ensure all assumptive processes are removed and the final dataset is consistent with the framework being employed. Getting this right enables meaningful performance comparison across any number of public providers and on a huge range of characteristics. 

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Topics: Higher Education

Key considerations for constructing successful project teams

Posted by Prue Beams on March 14, 2019

All programs and projects require the right skills, roles and functions to create high-performing teams capable of delivering the strategic vision, business outcomes and project objectives (time, cost, scope and stakeholder expectations). Many projects choose to overlook some roles and place more emphasis on others.  This results in one of the most common problems facing Higher Education Institutions and more broadly global IT change programmes and that is…. underestimation.

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Topics: Higher Education

The value of benchmarking in Australia's TAFEs: Identifying and addressing improvement opportunities.

Posted by Mat Kirby on March 11, 2019
Accurately identifying inefficiencies 

The words and the backdrop may differ, but the sentiment is largely the same across the world’s Post Secondary Education (PSE) systems – find out which parts of the organisation are less efficient and address those inefficiencies.  

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Topics: Higher Education, Skills, Training and Employability