Case Studies

Portfolio Management-Local Government

Manningham City Council – Portfolio Management

Manningham City Council includes the suburbs of Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Nunawading (part), Park Orchards, Ringwood North (part), Templestowe, Templestowe Lower, Warrandyte, Warrandyte South and Wonga Park. Their Capital Works Program enables the ongoing refurbishment, replacement and upgrade of Council’s physical assets (infrastructure and facilities) and construction of new assets to meet the community’s current and future service needs. The current capital works program involves $152 million proposed over the next five years

Core Consulting Group (CCG) were engaged to assist Manningham collate planning data from their proposed capital works program into one single source of truth, providing summary data, resource modelling and an ongoing portfolio status framework. Not having access to enterprise planning tools, CCG devised a solution using innovations built on top of MS Project scheduling software. The resulting solution (comprising a master and sub project schedules), together with a number of views, provides the basis for their monthly progress reporting based on Project Manager’s status updates.

The result is a single, whole of portfolio view, which the council have found useful in their overall Portfolio Governance. While on site CCG were also asked to uplift general planning and scheduling skills through a number of MS Project training workshops. This training improved the quality of schedule data and general planning and tracking on individual projects, which resulted in improved portfolio summary data as a result.