Time versus Tempo: Addressing agile tensions in defence programmes

25 November 2021

Defence and Security National and Local Government

Time versus Tempo: Addressing Agile Tensions in Defence Programmes

In complex defence programmes there are often benefits to be gained from adopting an agile approach.  Agile however is more than a buzzword: it is a philosophy and development framework that needs to be integrated into organisational environments that typically do not – or indeed cannot - work in this manner.  If you get this integration wrong, or don’t give it sufficient focus, then tensions will arise that derail programme delivery.

 

One of the most prominent pressures on defence programme delivery is that of timescales and iterations: time vs tempo.  How can you iteratively develop an upgraded capability and deliver it to the front line by a required date – to avoid a capability gap – whilst adhering to long-timescale organisational processes and continually demonstrating value-for-money and programme viability?  How can we adapt our programme models, behaviours and approaches to respond to these tensions?

 

In this article, Andrew Gray, Senior Principal Consultant, and Leigh Storer, Consultant, BMT, describe how programmes and governments can apply agile frameworks and development environments in the right way to help prioritise work, identify risks and manage options before programme delivery is threatened.

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Andrew Gray

Senior Principal Consultant

Andrew Gray

Senior Principal Consultant

Andrew is an experienced transformational and operational capability change practitioner who can draw upon his practical and theoretical knowledge of the leadership and management of people and activities across the product generation, capability development and business transformational change cycles.  From an engineering background in the aerospace sector leading teams in multi-discipline, multi-site and multi-cultural environments, Andrew now works for BMT Defence & Security where he advises clients in all aspects of complex change management. As well as being a Fellow of the APM and a Chartered Project Professional, Andrew is a UK and European Chartered Engineer, and a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Leigh Storer

Consultant

Leigh Storer

Consultant

Leigh Storer is a Consultant within BMT Defence and Security UK. She has experience in a wide range of projects across the lifecycle as well as contract management. Leigh holds the APM PMQ and enjoys a versatile workload, including client work and involvement in the Research and Development area of BMT.

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