Which projects are good candidates for Accelerate?

Deciding to use Accelerate

The sponsor senior responsible officer, together with the GCIO's team, chooses whether to apply Accelerate to projects that they consider have the required features and support.

The use of Accelerate is not mandated. The characteristics of projects that fit well with Accelerate are described below.

Accelerate projects

Accelerate is:

  • for projects (including projects that are part of programmes), rather than programmes
  • designed to support multiple agencies collaborating to achieve common customer service goals.

Potential Accelerate projects

A potential Accelerate project is one that will:

  • deliver benefits to customers (New Zealanders and/or the Government)
  • contribute to the Government’s strategic outcomes
  • have:

○     buy-in from the participating agencies

○    high technology reuse potential

○    future value.

Accelerate is scalable, and can be used for a project with a single team of three people, up to cross-agency projects involving several teams.

Best use

Accelerate is best used when:

  • there is a clear customer service outcome which involves a technology change
  • there is uncertainty in the outcome, change in the details of the features is likely, and variability in the delivered scope can be tolerated – it is not suited to life or death issues, fixed-scope or fixed-price contracts, or when scope variance cannot be tolerated
  • high levels of engagement with the business leaders can be sustained throughout the project.

Accelerate unsuitable for...

Accelerate is not suitable for situations where:

  • the outcome is predominantly a technology change with low customer involvement
  • the initiative involves life or death issues, fixed-scope or fixed-price contracts, or when cost variance cannot be tolerated
  • the outcome requires a programme approach
  • the outcome is predominantly an organisational change or design.

Accelerate is not a substitute for Better Business Cases, or investment management processes such as risk profile assessment.

Page last updated: 13/04/2016