Martin P Wilson

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A brief summary of papers and other resources covering approaches and techniques devised by Solidus to support its client work. This includes current and planned papers that will contiibute to thought leadership in strategic planning, project management and business transformation.

Methodology: Compliance and Delivery

Programme Management Offices (PMO) are often accused of following methodologies and processes blindly whatever the consequence for delivery of the business benefits. They are seen as bureaucrats who are only interested in compliance and satisfying future auditors. This need not be the case, a good PMO team will take much of the compliance burden off the project or programme manager and be active in helping them deliver. The problem is they are the exception as methodologies are very light on how they should be used to support delivery - this paper will seek to fill that gap.

Full paper to follow.

The Arrow Model for Systems Assurance. An Enhanced V-Model

The V-Model is commonly used as a framework for gathering business requirements and for quality assurance through the testing porcess. Solidus has an enhanced V-Model - the Arrow Model that provides a more rigorous full life cycle approach to systems assurance

A full paper and summary will follow soon

Total Customer Care

Solidus designed and delivered a Total Customer Care (TCC) programme to improve service at a major UK retail bank. A revised and generalised version of that TCC approach will appear here shortly.

Full paper to follow

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Quick Thoughts

Has Military Action Ever Dissuaded Tyrants?

Syria - flagIn his speech before the war in Iraq Tony Blair, the UK Prime Minister, argued that not intervening would send a message that tyrants would feel at liberty to act without consequence. By military action in Iraq, he argued, those who would perpetrate atrocities would think twice. There would not seem to be any evidence, before or since, that would back up that contention.

We now have David Cameron, the current Prime Minister, making essentially the same arguments – do politicians ever learn from history?

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Government Spending is not Driver of Growth

Parliament Square London IC02001If more public spending is the only way to create growth then surely governments have become too large a part of the economy? Government is about spending and has little to do with creating wealth.

The best government can do is move wealth from individuals and business to those who serve government.

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Capped Bonuses, There May be Trouble Ahead

Politicians do not seem to be good at imagining unintended consequences. The cap on bankers’ bonuses, however popular, may be counter-productive in reducing risk.

Dark Stormy Skys and Beauty Often CoexistIf a smaller proportion of a trader’s income is at risk if a trade goes wrong they may pursue high-risk opportunities to get that big win. If it works they guarantee the full bonus and could also use it to negotiate a higher salary (and bonus) for the following year. If it fails the downside is limited by the capped bonus to a smaller part of overall income. At the end of the day traders are competitive and gamblers at heart so will they be more likely to pursue the big win when their own risk is limited?

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