The Vanguard Method
The public sector needs to respond to a wide variety of customer demands placed upon it. Think of any service you encounter. If the organisation understands and responds to what matters to you, you experience good service and the organisation is likely to be delivering it in the most economical way. If, for any reason, the organisation does not recognise and respond to what matters to you, the organisation consumes more resources in providing or rectifying the service.
But, is there a way to design a system which can absorb the variety of demand placed upon the public sector? Whitehall has seemingly failed to understand the purpose of public sector services and imposed various production-based initiatives which have driven service quality down and forced inefficiencies, waste, bureaucracy, and costs up.
Four years ago, John Seddon published his first assault on the regime of 'choice', targets, delivery, inspection, incentives, 'free market' reforms and back-office 'economies of scale' that continue to paralyse UK local authorities.
Inspired by his understanding of the issues, managers and leaders from across the public sector began to introduce the Vanguard Method (a 'Systems Thinking' approach adapted from the Toyota Production System).
Triarchy Press has published four books about The Vanguard Method – the thinking behind it and remarkable results of using it to deliver public services that work:
Systems Thinking in the Public Sector
John Seddon's bestselling demolition of the culture of targets, 'deliverology' and back office economies of scale that have paralysed sector management in the UK for years.
Delivering Public Services that Work Volume 1
Six detailed Case Studies (from Housing, Transport, HR, etc.) which convincingly demonstrate that John Seddon's recipe (above) actually works and delivers the results he promised.
Delivering Public Services that Work Volume 2
Eight case studies from the Police, the Fire Service, the NHS, AdviceUK (Legal and Social Welfare), Planning and Development and Food Safety show acts of vision and courage by public sector managers and staff and how they are transforming the experience and expectations of citizens.
The Need for Change: Four trends endangering every organisation… and what to do about them
Stuart Corrigan's admirably short little book is written for anyone responsible for managing all or part of a service organisation – especially public sector organisations, but also commercial businesses and the service divisions of manufacturing firms. Written simply and clearly, it makes an ideal introduction for any organisation thinking about how to reshape and improve the service it offers its customers or the public at large.
An introduction to the Vanguard Method
Stuart Corrigan's admirably short little book is written for anyone responsible for managing all or part of a service organisation – especially public sector organisations, but also commercial businesses and the service divisions of manufacturing firms.
Written simply and clearly, it makes an ideal introduction for any organisation thinking about how to reshape and improve the service it offers its customers or the public at large.
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Videos and articles about and by John Seddon in the Library of Thoughts
Systems Thinking and... Services (John Seddon)The Net Promoter Score (John Seddon)
The Public Sector and the Inspection Regime (John Seddon - video)
Understanding the Variety of Demand - the Vanguard Method (John Seddon)
What's Wrong with Targets? (John Seddon - video)
Systems Thinking entries in The Idioticon:
Attribution Theory ~ Discontinuous Improvement ~ Epistemic Awareness ~ Equifinality ~ Feedback Loops ~ Hegemony of Analysis ~ Initial Conditions ~ Mental Traps ~ Systemic Leadership ~ Systems Thinking and the Structure of Organisations ~ Systems Thinking and the US Healthcare System ~ Systems Thinking and the Will of the System ~ Technomagic ~ The Law of Requisite Variety ~ Understanding the Variety of Demand ~ Value Rigidity ~ Viable Systems Model
John Seddon's bestseller
Systems Thinking in the Public Sector
The starting point for anyone wanting to understand what's wrong with the way governments run the public sector from the centre and how it can work better.
Delivering Public Services That Work Vol. 1
Case Studies from six local authorities - focused on housing, benefits and roads.
In Volume 2, the case studies look at In the police, hospitals, local government and social welfare.