SPRINT Annual Conference:  ‘Apocalypse Now and the SPRINT response.’

Warwick Hilton, Warwick, Thursday 4th November 2010

Please note that to help you avoid traffic the conference room will be open from 08:00 and members of the SPRINT Community will be available to welcome you.


09:00   Registration, coffee and introductions

09:30   Welcome and Scene Setting

            Dave Wastell, SPRINT Founder and Chairman

O9:45  The Big Society - who will it really serve?

Peter Kawalek, SPRINT Founder, Professor of Information Systems and Strategy, Manchester Business School

Peter explores the ideas around the Big Society, comparing it with ideas of Social Production from Harvard and the previous government’s work on personalised budgets.  He asks “in whose interests will the Big Society be built?”

10:30   How Business Process Management builds efficient organisations

John Hoogland, Chief Executive Officer, Pallas-Athena

John presents an overview of the Business Process Management landscape and shows ways of moving on from process mapping or modeling to achieve business process control and continuous improvement.

 “For too long Business Process Management has largely been an unfulfilled promise.  While analysts and vendors speak about Enterprise BPM, Process Layers and Business Process Automation most organisations, in practice, still struggle to progress their process mapping or modeling to these levels.  They also experience difficulties both in combining BPM with Lean methodologies and in making any re-designed processes readily accessible by all the relevant stakeholders.”

11:30   Coffee

11:45   ‘Doing more with less’ - Building the organisation’s capacity for resilient change

David Wastell, Professor of Information Systems, Nottingham Business School

David explains how the recent honing of SPRINT’s approach to radical change offers an enhanced opportunity for Local Government organisations to build a vibrant internal capacity for innovation rather than rely on external consultants.

Focussing at the individual and team levels initially, David discusses how such a robust, self-sustaining capacity for change and innovation can be encouraged and further developed.   He goes on to discuss ways of addressing the typical challenges resulting from a lack of senior management engagement.

12:30   Questions Panel

12:45   Lunch

13.30   ‘Using Benchmarking Sensibly’  - how working with SPRINT helped us deliver

Richard Crawley, Local Government Improvement and Development (formerly IDeA) 

The LGID’s planning benchmark helps Local Authorities to create useful, comparable information about the real costs of providing services.   It supports well-informed targeted responses to cost and performance issues, rather than arbitrary or unfocused cost cutting

Richard talks about the collaboration between the Planning Advisory Service and SPRINT, represented by Barrie McKinnon, from an initial idea a year ago to a position where they are now working successfully with 100 Local Authorities.

In Richards’s view, individuals and individual organisations working in isolation just doesn’t cut it any more.  The only way forward is to get experts from different organisations to work together and stick to what they’re good at - which is how they worked with SPRINT. "Working with Barrie helped move our benchmark from being 'interesting' to actually making improvement happen" he says.

14:00   Nurturing creativity for innovation in the workplace     

Dr Mark Batey, Occupational Psychologist, Manchester Business School

In this interactive presentation Dr Mark Batey, a world-leading authority on the Psychology of Creativity outlines his seven year research project on creativity in the workplace.  He discusses various aspects of the human capacity for creativity, its relevance to innovation and how it can be encouraged and developed.

He presents the business case that creativity is fundamental to all organisations and outlines strategies for assessing and developing it with reference to his new model of creativity in the individual.

14:45   Coffee

15:00   The Local Government Business Model

Tony Holder, esd Toolkit

Tony will provide an overview of The Local Government Business Model, an on-line resource providing information-sharing amongst Local Authorities to help draw conclusions around, amongst other things, the mix of services that best meets customer needs or a strategic objective. 

DirectGov and Business Link use the model to reference services delivered locally, it will be used to reference information in the IDeA's forthcoming Knowledge Hub and it is also published by the Cabinet Office as part of the Standards and Architecture Framework.

15:45   Questions Panel and Plenary

16:00   Dispersal


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Includes lunch

Includes overnight accommodation, 3-course dinner the evening before, breakfast and lunch on the day.

Click here to Book your place  (or just reply to this email or phone me on the number below.)



Sarah Dutton

SPRINT Marketing
0161 972 0820 (Direct Dial)