How to get resources to address transport challenges?

In previous articles the steps in addressing transport challenges were outlined: Role of strategy in solving everyday transport challenges A systematic approach to analysing complex transport challenges How to select a solution to solve transport challenges The next step is getting a decision on resourcing – a systematic approach to evaluating transport proposals and presenting … Read more

How to select a solution to solve transport challenges

Selecting the most appropriate intervention or option to address a transport challenge is the next step after determining the strategy and desired outcomes and analysing the challenges. Usually there is more than one way to address any transport challenge. Different options have different contributions, key stakeholders, resourcing and risk profiles. A package of interventions may … Read more

A systematic approach to analysing complex transport challenges

Analysis means identifying and describing the specific problem(s) being faced and getting an understanding of the underlying cause and effect relationships. Avoiding Mistakes In the article: How can you avoid transport policy mistakes? I discussed the key mistakes that transport professionals experience when solving complex challenges: Problem-Solution Thinking   Forgetting key stakeholder perspectives Ill-defined problem statement Rational Approach … Read more

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

Challenges in Managing Major Projects

Delivering major transport projects is very challenging – with long planning horizons, complex interfaces, multiple stakeholders and the potential for major scope changes. Poor project management results in overruns and delays, poor quality outputs, and higher costs. There is increasing pressure for well-planned and delivered transport projects that meet agreed time, cost and quality requirements. … Read more