4.2.4 Practical application of Value Improving Practices

Course subject(s) 4. Assuring value

Examples VIP application

In our research, we paid attention towards the application of Value Improving Practices (Bosch-Rekveldt, 2011). Let’s list some findings that may be beneficial for you:

  • Practice what you preach: most often you know what is most important to do, but you don’t act accordingly…
  • Just tick-the-box does not work: Even if people know the value of applying a VIP, it doesn’t mean they will truly apply the VIP based on the context they are in. Rather, the application becomes a “tick-the-box” exercise. If you just perform a VIP for bureaucratic reasons: please stop it! The idea is that it adds value, not just costs money.
  • Joint application of VIPs works best: If you apply VIPs in a joint setting, for example a shared goal-setting workshop or a joint risk session, it really starts to work. The joint application of a VIP serves as a vehicle to improve the collaboration between the different parties involved.
  • Don’t blindly apply all VIPs you can think of: Research of IPA (see also website IPA Global) has shown that just applying all VIPs is not necessarily an effective choice.
  • Avoid inside views: An independent facilitator works best when it come down to the assessment of projects in a bench-marking process.
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