Role of strategy in solving everyday transport challenges

Let us start with defining strategy. What is strategy? A strategy is a longer term direction to achieve a particular goal.  For example, the vision for road safety is ‘No person should be killed or seriously injured on Australia’s roads’ and the strategy to achieve that includes ‘adopting the safe system approach – safe roads, safe speeds, safe … Read more

How to Strengthen your Strategic Thinking Skills

Have you been told that you need to be more strategic? Being told that you aren’t strategic enough really stings. Worse is when you try to clarify what more strategic would look like and get few tangible suggestions.  Everyone has an opportunity to think more strategically. Being more strategic doesn’t just mean making decisions that … Read more

Should Your Business Case Emphasise Qualitative Assessment?

Let’s start with quantitative analysis like benefit-cost analysis (BCA) – there is a lot of experience behind this quantitative approach and is supported, mandated even, by central funding agencies, particularly Treasury departments. So, let me start with BCA. This method is only as good as the data behind the analysis, which usually depends on demand … Read more

Is the Task at Hand Considered a Project?

Much of a professional’s day-to-day work involves delivering projects. When you think of project management, many people tend to picture teams in large organisations working on large-scale projects. Many of your smaller tasks are actually projects as well. It can be disastrous to mistake a project for regular work. According to the Project Management Institute … Read more

What will be the ‘new normal’ for transport?

Much of the work of transport professionals involves delivering projects. Setting up the foundation is key to success – whether a planning project or business case or a technical or infrastructure delivery project. I’ve been thinking about what transport will look like in the ‘new’ normal – whenever and whatever that looks like. Currently, the traffic … Read more

The Future of Professional Development – USQ Mini-courses – update

See previous article. USQ UpSkill background The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has established UpSkill ‘Professional learning for the 21st Century’ – with practical online mini-courses. Currently, there are business, management, marketing and education courses, and more are being developed. USQ is a recognised leader in online and blended education and has established a reputation … Read more

What is micro-learning and why is it important?

Micro-learning involves courses with smaller chunks of content, which research showing much better information retention and overall comprehension. [1] There is a common misunderstanding that micro-learning is needed because attention spans are getting shorter. The “Goldfish Myth” states that the average human attention span is now just 8 seconds, which is less than the average … Read more