Project One was asked to structure the technology delivery programme for prototyping: a lead to build the prototyping approach and plan; a project manager to deliver the core complex integrated systems; and a business analyst to manage the key requirements and design.
Within six weeks, a roadmap for the next 18-months of delivery was created, while a solution was also shaped for a key constraint: the separation of the CAD/PLM systems and data from the reference ship. Stakeholder agreement was obtained across the many business functions to a new approach. Subsequently, working with the leaders in engineering, the approach and plan for prototyping design separation was developed, and a firm delivery plan baselined.
The Project One team led the delivery, constituting the critical path of the entire ship build programme, achieving the prototyping design separation milestone in May 2020 – on time and to plan. This enabled platform engineering to take on the detail design, and ultimately for Cut Steel to take place when promised, with the Australian Prime Minister in attendance.
Multiple integrated business systems were delivered along the way, such that the Australian business had a full suite of systems in place to support the start of their prototyping fabrication.
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Project One was able to bring a small team of consultants with vast experience across the change lifecycle – they were not experienced in ship build but leveraged the experience of their colleagues to build in ideas from within other sectors of our customer, as well as other industry client assignments. Within two months, they were able to advise on the end-to-end implications of approaches and decisions as they built the understanding to inform on the full ship build process. This was valuable in working with our customer colleagues, expert in their silo areas. Keeping a cool head, and working with the full range of stakeholders, they were able to shape the change, coach stakeholders and build trust in the delivery.
When COVID-19 hit, in March 2020, the team transferred to their home locations and continued to host calls across Glasgow, Filton, Melbourne and Adelaide. The transfer was seamless, as it occurred at the peak of the delivery, with the core CAD and PLM engineering systems going live in Australia only a month later. Subsequently, Project One has also provided a resource to shape the global combat ship delivery portfolio, and to establish the requirements stream for the production design separation programme. Both of these roles have now been handed over to in-house resources in order to allow our customer to continue independently.