Lessons the Ancients can teach the NHS about Programme Management
June 7, 2016
Imagine building the pyramids. Huge stones, quarried, dragged miles and then lifted into position. Building the pyramids was a complex but exciting transformation which absorbed hours of skilled workers time and effort.
Does your transformational change feel like you are dragging huge stones over miles, without the resources to hoist them into position?
We’ve been there too.
Overwhelmed and frustrated with the sheer complexity and scale of the thing. But we’ve discovered it doesn’t have to be this way.
Applying best practice programme management increases programme success by helping to realise the benefits while delivering business as usual. Would you like to ensure your programme does the same?
Programme Management. The NHS equivalent of constructing the pyramids.
Why do we think we have something to say on the subject? Well, we have over 50+ years’ combined experience operating in the NHS and a passion for making a difference. We have significant senior level experience managing complex programmes and significant hands-on experience of working with stakeholder groups. Our in-depth understanding of NHS organisational politics, structures and financial challenges facing the NHS today gives us a unique insight into how best practice can be successfully applied to real world NHS working.
Let’s put programme management into some context, after all it’s been around for thousands of years.
The Great Wall of China (700 to 200 BCE) is over 21,000 km in length, was built by soldiers, forcibly-recruited peasants and convicts. It crosses 9 provinces and municipalities.
Stonehenge (3000-1500 BCE) required 82 bluestones from the Preseli Mountains in south-west Wales to be transported to the site. It is thought these stones, some weighing 4 tonnes each were dragged on rollers and sledges to the headwaters on Milford Haven and then loaded onto rafts – 240 miles!
Over 100 Egyptian pyramids were built between 2630 BCE and 300 AD demonstrating increasing complexity and sophistication of design.
As we can see large and complex programmes are nothing new.
If we skip a couple of thousand years we arrive at best practice 1999 - MSP®- Managing Successful Programmes. If only the Ancients had known this, they could have saved themselves 2000 years.
Now for some modern history - Managing Successful Programmes - MSP®
Managing Successful Programmes best practice was documented and first released in 1999 and considered evolving concepts of business change in relation to projects.
2003 saw the second edition with the 2007 edition exploring new techniques and practical implementation guidance.
2011 is the latest edition with the focus on benefits management and integrated assurance.