After two years in the public sector, I started my consulting career at PwC in 2010. Throughout my time there I developed a broad set of consulting skills designing and implementing large scale change...

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Partner Selection & Collaboration

Providing independent expertise to ensure that you establish the right partner relationships and enable strong collaboration across multiple partners.


Working with partners and third parties can be essential to bring additional capabilities, expertise and capacity into an organisation

However, there are many examples where problems down the line can be traced back to poor selection at the start and not getting the relationship set up for success. In addition, the general pace in which organisations need to move, together with changing technologies and agile approaches means you need to strike the right balance between rigour and speed.

And whilst organisations have always collaborated and partnered with others, we’re seeing structural changes in certain sectors such as the introduction of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) in the NHS put additional emphasis on effective working across many organisations.

Some of the key questions we see organisations grappling with are:

Partner Selection & Collaboration
  • Can we do this ourselves or would using partners help? If so, which ones?
  • Do we need to select and contract with partners differently if we’re doing this using an Agile software development approach?
  • Are we getting the best value for money from our current partners?
  • We need to get moving fast on our transformation. How can we bring the right partners on quickly and be confident they’ll help us be successful?
  • How can we and the other organisations we’re partnering with all get set up for success from the start so we work effectively together through thick and thin?

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When selecting partners, focus on enabling them to bring to life what they will actually do – whether through their people or their products - rather than on them answering lots of questions on paper. Also make sure the relationship is set up well, particularly to enable collaborative working across parties.

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