Data driven decisions and evidence informed policy

By |2021-06-28T13:50:11+12:00May 31st, 2021|Categories: Management Consulting|

Since the age of caves, and probably before, humans have recognised the power of social networks, division of labour, and careful consideration and observation of their surroundings. People that didn’t collect salient, risk and time dependent information, were the ones that were either eaten, didn’t eat, or froze. The ones that lived, our predecessors, were [...]

Prioritising assignments in your consulting world, and your life

By |2020-11-05T12:45:31+13:00October 21st, 2020|Categories: Management Consulting|

Time is precious, let’s not waste it. I often have two main pressures when it comes to time: feeling like I have too much of it on my hands and feeling like I should be busier, and then saying “yes” one to many clients, school, family or community requests, and then having a strong desire [...]

Guide to maximising your LinkedIn profile

By |2020-09-11T11:43:28+12:00September 11th, 2020|Categories: LinkedIn|

LinkedIn is a valuable business tool that gains more influence with each year. Whether you want to connect (and stay connected) with your professional network, promote your consulting expertise, be seen as a thought leader in your field or simply start a conversation, LinkedIn has become indispensable. At the time of writing, “LinkedIn has 660 [...]

Overview of the Public Service Act 2020

By |2020-09-11T11:25:43+12:00September 3rd, 2020|Categories: Acts and Legislation|

Our business case and commercial team have been experiencing a lot of demand from our government clients who are busy preparing budget bids supported by business cases to meet the annual December funding round. This year seems more important than ever, with a key focus being on the alignment to government priorities including the new [...]

The case for a DevOps Model to support your business

By |2020-10-05T11:48:13+13:00July 28th, 2020|Categories: Management Consulting|

In the past few weeks, I have been considering for a few customers, when is there a genuine need for a DevOps model to support your business?  Based on Agile concepts, DevOps models have been in place for a few years, and surprisingly, not that difficult to design, migrate and then adopt. But does every [...]

Where have all the project managers gone?

By |2020-10-05T11:48:31+13:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Management Consulting|

When I started in IT there was a project management methodology available in government called Spectrum. It was a room full of ring binders with a template and instructions for every facet of project management from business case writing to benefit realization post-delivery. You started on page 1 of folder 1 and worked your way [...]

Reset and refocus

By |2020-10-05T11:49:18+13:00May 2nd, 2020|Categories: Management Consulting|

As we navigate the new world and re-jig how we do business, it's imperative for businesses to have a plan for “how to grow’. Through Ascent have identified some handy tools and templates we’d like to share with you, including a 10-step template to assist business to reset and refocus. Complementing this, the Ascent [...]

Directors Insight – Beyond COVID19

By |2020-06-02T20:51:13+12:00April 29th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19|

Ascent is in the middle of supporting COVID19 operations.  It’s an incredibly stressful time for all involved and supporting thousands of New Zealanders seeking information, support and financial assistance.  For us, this is a privilege to be a part of this essential operation to help New Zealanders get back on their feet. Our business is [...]

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