Applying Business Value Delivery Management, Benefit Realisation and Outcome Thinking to organisation strategy, portfolio managment and project execution
ValuePoint uses the TOP Value Equation, shown below, as the underlying approach to value delivery. It is the motor that drives a value driven approach: Activities deliver Outcomes that enable Benefits that have measurable Value that you can track and manage as your project progresses.
TOP is learnable, teachable knowledge that enables everyone in an organisation - from senior business leaders, business executives, operational staff and project & technical specialists – to define valuable projects that execute strategy and deliver the business results.
TOP comprises frameworks, principles, thinking processes, tools & techniques, which link strategy and portfolio execution to project delivery.
TOP was created by Jed Simms and Alexandra Chapman, who founded Totally Optimized Projects more than 25 years ago. TOP was developed from over 60 man-years of practical experience in major organizations, working with client staff at all levels of the organisation to develop and refine its practical know-how.
TOP has won awards and accolades both in Australia, Europe and globally – Gartner cited TOP in the 2011 Cool Vendor awards as an “innovative industry game-changer”.
TOP provides step-by-step thinking process to systematically answer the simple but essential questions to all successfull projects:
“What are we are trying to achieve?”
“What does the future look like when it is working just right?”
TOP calls these Desired Outcomes and once you have carefully crafted these as Desired Outcome statements, you can then link these pieces of future together in an Outcomes Roadmap to show:
“What is the path dependent relationship between these outcomes?”
It is path dependency that determines what is the best sequence or order to tackle the execution/ realisation process.
Many talk about Outcomes.
No one but TOP teaches you have to define them.
The Value Equation has simple step-by-step processes to define:
By clearly defining what you are intending to achieve, you can then systematically answer:
That then enables you to track the project value through all execution phases to deliver the it.
The Value Equation is the core TOP framework on which all the other building blocks of TOP rest. Because:
Once you have defined a Value Equation™ this enables you to:
These are just some of the end-to-end components of TOP which can be found at TOP-Centers-of-Expertise
We describe TOP as a thinking process and we call it TOP-Thinking. To apply TOP-Thinking to a strategy, project portfolio, business initiative or project, you simply need to bring your brain, something to write on, something to write with and someone to work with.
We don’t have any software as we believe there are plenty of excellent software tools in the market place into which you can input and track the work products that TOP-Thinking produces.
Rather than bring in outside gurus, heroes and experts, instead arm your own staff throughout your organisation with the skills they need - so that everyone can do an excellent job of defining and executing change through projects.
Your people have talents and care about the organisation. They live with and care about the results. They know what happens at the coalface and merely need the thinking processes and skills to make it happen.
TOP is different because of its speed combined with the rigour of the thinking processes. People can learn and apply TOP and deliver insights, define complex projects or remediate challenged ones in a week or two where conventional approaches can take months.
To speed the learning of staff and the richness of thinking, TOP embeds and teaches ten techniques for accelerated learning. These techniques show people the natural journey to understanding and using how the brain learns and plans for the future - Homo Prospectus - and the stages of the journey, from ‘fuzzy”, to clear enough to get started, to finally the laser-like clarity which enables meticulous execution.
It changes the model for how specialist consultants can (and should) help. TOP is “anti-hero” and "anti-guru” and "anti consultants" of the conventional sort. We believe that external support should not borrow your watch to tell you the time.
Instead, we believe the role of TOP practitioners is to accelerate the organisation as the staff learn and apply TOP; to work alongside staff as they tackle and resolve a real business issue. Staff build their skills and capability as they deliver the results.
TOP states the endpoint of a project should be a “working just right” operational business-as-usual environment and we distinguish this from the Turn-Key model inherited from construction project models by using a metaphor:
TOP states that a project should deliver an operational asset, working to the agreed level of performance; and this is defined in the business case as a series of carefully crafted “Desired Business Outcome Statements”.
TOP does not replace project management methods such as PMI or PRINCE2, Agile or Waterfall – indeed what comes out of TOP’s processes feeds wonderfully well into the orthodox project planning approaches. TOP’s Center of Expertise and the mental models, tools and techniques they contain interact with and support these other frameworks.
TOP does disagree with some of the orthodox views on some aspects of how projects should be delivered. For example, there is a widespread view that “projects do not deliver benefits; programs do”. TOP does not agree, indeed we say this is nonsense. All projects and programs should deliver benefits and value.
TOP meshes wonderfully with conventional project delivery processes and software techniques - and indeed enable these to be far more effective as TOP makes sure that ALL the activities required to deliver the desired business outcomes are identified, cost-estimated, project planned and managed.
TOP enables AGILE & SAFe by providing crystal clear definitions of outcomes and business processes needed for AGILE to work.
Organisations can define, plan and execute valuable projects. Your own staff build their skills so that strategy execution and value delivery become a core capability of the organisation.
Projects deliver quicker through far more effective execution and project implementation planning.
Projects deliver the maximum value and for the optimal cost.
A totally optimized project!
- is passionate about helping organisations get the maximum amount of business value from their business initiatives and project investments.
We specialise in Value Delivery & Benefits Management and alignment of project-, programme- and portfolio management execution with business value focussed corporate strategy definition and execution.
A major Nordic player in the automobile leasing market has decided to make TOP Value Delivery and Benefits Management an integral part of their project governance structure.
A major Nordic player in the automobile leasing market has decided to validate the TOP Value Delivery Management methodology on a project prior to deciding on making TOP an integral part of their IT project governance structure.
A major Nordic financial services organisation has decided to validate the TOP Value Delivery Management methodology on an internal project as last step in the approval process for possible general implementation.
A key Danish government agency has decided to include the TOP Value Delivery Management methodology in their new project model.
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