Strong Collaboration Delivers Bespoke Performance Management

Peter Masonbrook
Our collaboration with Firefly has led to the development of our Firefly Affinity system, an effective performance management tool.

Value for money and doing more with less has become a significant objective for the majority of our public sector clients due to the impact of austerity measures imposed by central government. It is therefore important we can demonstrate to our clients how we measure our performance and deliver our services with a high level of quality, on time and provide value for money. With our constant review of performance we ensure we drive towards continual improvement.

*Customer satisfaction results from data populated in Firefly

Faithful+Gould is the current single source supplier for the national Asset Management, Surveying and Design Services (AMSandDS) framework under the Scape Group. The AMSandDS framework has secured over 940 projects. With this high level of activity comes a high level of performance data that needs to be managed in an efficient and risk-free way.

As a framework delivery partner for Scape, we are driven to perform to achieve our targets and demonstrate our commitment to bringing value benefits and project success for our mutual clients. To assist with this, Faithful+Gould needed a performance management tool that was accessible, transparent, auditable and user friendly.

"By working in partnership with not only Scape but their framework partners we have ensured that everyone concerned gets something out of using the Firefly Framework Performance Management Solution."

David Bullock, Business Development Director, Firefly

Faithful+Gould began working with Firefly in Oct 2014, and the development of the performance tool began. The decision was made to have our own licensed version as this would allow us to feed into Scape as well as make our own bespoke developments.

"We have developed a fast, simple to use method for capturing live project performance information at source across all the frameworks which is then presented back to Scape in line with their key performance indicators. By working in partnership with not only Scape but their framework partners we have ensured that everyone concerned gets something out of using the Firefly Framework Performance Management Solution.” David Bullock, Business Development Director, Firefly.

Continual improvement, listening and learning was at the heart of the project, and Faithful+Gould met with other Firefly clients to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their Firefly systems, and take on board any learning points. This was used to shape the requirements of our Firefly Affinity system prior to going live.

Our Firefly Affinity system was the result of our collaboration with Firefly who have been highly accommodating and flexible in delivering the required iterations and changes, supporting us to meet our objectives. From working closely with us on our suggested developments, Firefly were able make further modifications to their generic offering and approach new clients.

After six months of development, four months of training and implementation, the system was launched in all our offices and now stores all performance data for current and historic Scape projects.

“The key success to the implementation of Firefly into Faithful+Gould has been the impressive support, flexibility to accommodate our requirements and ongoing development with Firefly."

Richard Clarke, Faithful+Gould Regional Director

Firefly Affinity has provided us with a management oversight tool to enable us to not only be aware of all our projects and performance but also the impact that data has on the overall performance of the framework. In addition;

  • We have a system that gives us exactly what we want to meet our business needs.

  • We are now positioned to demonstrate we are providing a consistently high level of performance, and achieving targets. 

  • We have a unique selling tool that can be used with other large frameworks.

  • We can perform trend analysis providing data to support demonstrating continual improvement.

  • We can demonstrate that our services provide value for money back to the client.

“The key success to the implementation of Firefly into Faithful+Gould has been the impressive support, flexibility to accommodate our requirements and ongoing development with Firefly. With understanding what Scape required from the system prior to implementation and working collaboratively with all three parties a lot of the issues were resolved prior to going live”. Richard Clarke, Framework Manager.

The outcome of all the effort made into getting the data into the system, is that the business can take advantage of the dashboards that shows a clear picture of our performance back to Scape. This demonstrates how well we are performing and makes an easy comparison with our performance against the other framework partners.

Building on this success we are working on further developments with Firefly to further enhance our client delivery processes.

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