There is a growing need for transport professionals with specialist strategic analysis skills, expertise in getting results and delivering value for money.
Finding solutions for transport problems is a key skill to protect your future career.
Addressing Transport Challenges means identifying what is important, where to focus your effort and be able to develop transport strategies and practical solutions that meet the expectations of today's decision makers.
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Addressing Transport Challenges
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Addressing transport challenges is a complex and multifaceted task. To successfully address transport challenges, it is essential to identify key issues and devise strategies that meet the needs of today’s decision makers while also evaluating their effectiveness over time. Professionals in the transport sector are confronted with a range of escalating issues. From the need … Read more
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
Effective delivery requires carefully designing the approach to deliver a solution to address transport challenges. This includes consultation, coordination, and subsequently evaluating the results achieved. Transport projects fail because they either experience program failure, which means could not be implemented as designed, or theory failure that is executed as designed but did not produce the desired result. The focus … Read more
In previous articles, I outlined the steps in addressing transport challenges: 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
Selecting the most appropriate intervention or option to address a transport challenge is the next step after defining the problem, 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 unique contributions, key stakeholders, resourcing and risk profiles. A package … Read more
Analysis of transport challenges means identifying and describing the specific problem or problems being faced and getting an understanding of the underlying cause-and-effect relationships. Avoid Mistakes The article “How can you avoid transport policy mistakes?” discussed some of the key mistakes that transport professionals experience when solving complex challenges: Problem-Solution Thinking Forgetting key stakeholder perspectives … Read more
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
Being able to thoughtfully define a transport problem is key to success. Don’t fall into the trap many professionals do by jumping to a solution, without fully understanding what the problem really is. Before a transport solution can be developed to tackle a pressing issue, the problem must be carefully defined and scoped. Transport problems are seldom … Read more
Solving complex policy issues, such as improving travel time reliability, are challenges facing transport professionals. Problem analysis, however, is not a common skill among transport professionals. Transport Problems are Complex Transport problems are complex and dynamic, making them difficult to comprehend fully. They usually don’t have a simple solution, and dealing with them may require … Read more