Lesley Michaelis's blog

Estimating Models – Delivering transparency in outsourcing relationships

  • Published on: 28 November 2017
  • By: Lesley Michaelis

It is a common thread to many conversations we have with clients about the frustration in their outsourcing relationships of lack and transparency – the black box concept and how the Suppliers they are working with are reluctant to provide transparency of costings.

This common problem typically relates to a concern regarding overall openness and trust.  This is coupled with changing expectations in the marketplace as to what is “Best in Class” and what clients can expect to be shared and the benefits realised by both parties from an open and transparent relationship.

Transition Projects - why don't they deliver the benefits?

  • Published on: 25 October 2017
  • By: Lesley Michaelis

Recently, we have seen more and more requests to assist with transition projects particularly around managing the change for the customer but also about ensuring the quality of the Supplier delivery and ensuring that the transition delivers a robust firm foundation for delivery.  As with anything handed over to a third party and not checked for quality, without a QA Manager continuously monitoring the transition process, it leaves the project susceptible to overrun, for costs to increase and the possibility that the transition will not deliver the benefits that were initially expected.

Agility in Delivery

  • Published on: 25 September 2017
  • By: Lesley Michaelis

In the long history of humankind, those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed
- Charles Darwin

For me, this great quote describes some of the basic ways of working aligned to agile.

Agile Special Interest Group Post-Meeting Report – July 2016

  • Published on: 2 August 2016
  • By: Lesley Michaelis
Agile Special Interest Group

The Quantum Plus Agile Special Interest Group met on 14 July and discussed the following agenda items. 

  • How to implement Agile into your organisation
  • Experience and lessons learned as well as some recommended approaches as to how to implement Agile into your organisation and capitalise on the benefits of Agile delivery
  • Sourcing the right Agile partner for your organisation
  • Exploring and discussing best practice methods of how to source the ideal Agile partner for your organisation

The session started with a discussion around how to implement Agile and a number of critical practices that should be adopted if the potential of Agile is to be capitalised on

Supplier Management Special Interest Group Post-Meeting Report - April 2016

  • Published on: 11 May 2016
  • By: Lesley Michaelis
Supplier Management

The April 2016 Supplier Management Special Interest Group built on the themes from the previous session and further elaborated on the Supplier Management Framework, including a description and discussion on what “best in class” looks like as well as how to ensure effective benefits realisation from the supplier relationships that you have in place.

Peter presented the overall 10-point framework and explained that a ‘best in class’ strategic supplier management framework should:

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