Tony Colwell, a professional colleague and good friend brought it to my attention and asked me what I thought, so I thought that I would blog about it to the World and perhaps generate a bit of debate.
Personally, I was rather disappointed with the CSRP, with it basically being “too little” and “too late”. The CSRP seems full of motherhood statements and has probably had the once over from a tame consultant working for the Treasury or the Cabinet Office at circa five thousand pounds a day.
Critically, the CSRP seriously lacks quantification as to:
- Where are we?
- How do we compare to international benchmarks?
- Where we are going?
- How are we going to get there?
- What’s the route?
- What’s the cost?
- What’s the risk?
- What other options have been considered, like outsourcing transaction processing across Government?
- Why has Private Sector Best Practice in procurement has not been effectively deployed?
- Why have professional executive interims not been widely deployed to fast track delivery?
Sharing another personal view, it is amazing that the CSRP highlights the need for best skills from the Private Sector but Messrs. Maude and Alexander have created a Catch 22 environment that effectively excludes the best Private Sector skills, like interim executives, preferring to engage big consulting firms instead.
What do you think?