How to use lean project management for transport projects and programs

Smart transport professionals deliver the greatest impact for the resources that they have available, by using a systematic approach to planning and delivering lean transport projects.

Lean project management is about delivering more value for less. The key is stripping away everything that does not add value in terms of providing outcomes for the end user. We have been developing a series of articles to help you – some of the keys to success are:

  1. Adopt a mindset of squeezing more out of their projects, doing more for less – see article: How to ‘sweat’ your transport project
  2. Consistent focus on primary outcomes you can influence, i.e. focus on top one or two outcomes and develop a systematic, sequential program logic – see article: Using program logic to ensure success of transport programs
  3. Clearly explaining how your project will address the major challenges that concern users, the community and elected officials
  4. Align key deliverable of major partners to get the greatest impact for the least individual agency investment
  5. Clearly define the service requirements of the project, ie clearly articulate the outcome sought its contribution to government priorities and outcomes, and contain scope to essential requirements
  6. Understand the success principles that help you in developing a robust business case – see article: Transport Business Cases – 7 success principles to make options real
  7. Identify a range of potential options – you should consider how to manage demand and/or enhance capacity and level of service
  8. Consider a range of innovative and new ways of funding and financing options and include discussion of advantages and disadvantages in your submission for approval – see article: Doing more for transport with less money – the new way
  9. Use ‘lean’ project management to the delivery of the project or program
  10. Understand what makes the difference between a good, well-managed project and an excellent project – see article: Delivering excellent projects requires freedom to innovate and Use DICE to beat the odds
  11. Apply best practice asset management to minimise life cycle cost and deliver desired outcomes
  12. Employ current and emerging information and computing technology to provide cost effective solution, eg use of smartphone apps in providing real-time travel information
  13. Can disruptive innovation be part of the solution to transport budget constraints? See article: Do more for less – introduce disruptive innovation in transport
  14. Focus on moving people and goods, rather than just vehicles
  15. Establish an integrated transport network – ensure services link up with minimal interchange ‘costs’ – see article What is Successful Transport Integration?
  16. Develop a balanced approach to land use and transport integration
  17. Develop your capability, by learning tools and tips on how to fast track your experience, increase your productivity and enhance your career opportunities – complete Transport Futures Institute courses – see the upcoming course details below.

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