Alignment of research strengths with global challenges to achieve greater impact
Background: CIS was engaged by the recently appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) of an Australian Technology Network University to program-manage a portfolio of projects associated with a comprehensive, multi-year change process designed to build a stronger research enterprise. Importantly, part of the CIS charter was the development of the university’s internal capability to provide ongoing program-management.
Approach: Working largely behind the scenes, CIS helped university personnel to scope and frame projects in a consistent manner, including the establishment of stretch, but achievable, milestones and clear deliverables across more than a dozen individual key projects. As an independent Programme Management Office, CIS provided monthly ‘traffic light’ reports of progress against plan, highlighting successes, risks and key Executive decisions required across the portfolio of change projects.
Results: The Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s change programme provided the foundations for a significant cultural shift associated with the university’s core research strategy and the transparency of programme management reporting ensured significant momentum was maintained over a number of years. The templates, tools and skills transfer provided by CIS were considered invaluable by both academic and professional staff involved in delivering individual project outcomes and were adopted as the basis for ongoing program-management.