MASS transformation, BAE Systems Munitions
Project of the year, 2015
Until the mid-2000s, munitions manufacture in the UK had been a story of downsizing and decline for the previous 20 years. Project management of change concentrated on site closures and outsourcing; operations continued but with only essential maintenance of the remaining factories.
However, all of this was set to change. With UK forces deep into operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, the UK
Ministry of Defence (MoD) and BAE Systems Munitions recognised the need for a long-term and sustainable on-shore munitions manufacturing capability.
This called for huge redevelopment of the existing manufacturing base, but with the challenge of a greatly
reduced capacity to deliver it. The MASS Contract (Munitions Acquisition the Supply Solution) was
the response, and this brought about the first major transformation project for a generation.
The five-year project to modernise the UK’s munitions manufacturing business was to cover three sites with a total budget of £206 million and had to be delivered on time without disruption to the vital ongoing production, which supplied troops in action.
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Agile refuses to analyse requirements beforehand – and thus declines to provide an initial certainty. This will probably always scare any stakeholder trying to understand whether or not they can show results to the board with the budget that they are granted.
You have a choice. You can either muddle on, stand firm and fix it – or look elsewhere.