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Program mobilization

Good program mobilization is the essential bridge between the strategy you’ve developed and the programs that will deliver it

Done properly, project and program mobilization will create the foundation for your strategy to flow through into your change programs and keep everything fully aligned. The Berkeley Partnership can help you at this vital stage – bringing a fresh perspective, creativity and constructive challenge to assure your program’s success.

Turning a good idea into a successful program that delivers

Too often, managers and directors underestimate what it takes to set up for success; believing they have the necessary experience in-house, or that an outsourced systems integrator will do the job for them, resulting in disruptions to the program later down the line. 

Our management consultants work on programs across all stages of the project lifecycle, including establishing large scale transformation programmes so we know first-hand what it takes to set-up for success. 

We benefited greatly from Berkeley’s contribution in program and stakeholder management. They were able to bring expertise and skills in combination with sound methodology, approach and tools to get the various initiatives in the program kicked off. Their insights into how to structure the program, how to staff it, how to prioritize, etc. really helped in decoding a complex set of 70 plus projects.”

A media and entertainment sector client

Successful program mobilization starts early

The Berkeley Partnership believes that investing in the right expert help up front in project mobilization is critical to create and deliver the correct program, on time and to budget. The money you invest early on to form a compelling proposition, engage with the right stakeholders and build a team that can deliver, is far less than any future amount you might have to spend to fix any complications created by being under-prepared.

Get your program off to a good start

Know what you want and why

  • Have a robust strategic rationale and business case
  • Position the program alongside other programs and projects
  • Understand how you will change the operating model
  • Have a coherent roadmap of clearly scoped initiatives

Gain the support of key people

  • Secure active sponsorship by your leaders
  • Strong engagement with key stakeholders
  • Ensure robust governance

Deliver on your promises

  • Understand the skills and capabilities required for your team and how these will need to adapt during the program lifecycle
  • Structure the team for maximum effectiveness
  • Embed the right ways of working from the start

Successful program mobilization takes time

Mobilizing a program effectively takes time. There are many angles to consider, many alternatives available. Resist the temptation to dive into the work as your timeframes are tight and you want to promote a sense of urgency. Give your team time to come up to the level of understanding that you have, and let them feel involvement and ownership for delivery. Time invested in effective program set-up will prove to be time well spent. 

The formative weeks and months of your program are almost always the most critical.”

KIRSTY NETHERSELL

Clients often ask us…

Question 1

How do I set the foundations of success for my transformation program?

Question 2

How do I optimise my project workstreams?

Question 3

How do I ensure my plan supports my business objectives?

Question 4

What’s the best way to organise and resource my delivery team?

Question 5

Which are the best forms of governance to keep us on track?

Question 6

What resources do I really need for successful program mobilisation?

Question 7

How can I ensure my leadership team give me the support I need to drive this project forward?

Lead Partner

Kirsty Nethersell, Partner