Client: Network Rail
Fishbone has delivered several projects for Network Rail centred around major configuration change points and continued operational readiness. Network Rail Northern Programmes contracted Fishbone to identify the reasons why the May 2018 timetable introduction had failed and put a plan in place to confirm and evidence the successful introduction of the December 2018 timetable with no major issues.
Fishbone led a review process which initiated a series of informal and confidential conversations with stakeholders to create a level of trusted relationships necessary to ascertain the root causes of the May 2018 timetable issues.
Fishbone created a set of fully interactive, evidenced, detailed and comprehensive questions to map the performance of a timetable change. This process, when applied to the May 2018 timetable change, highlighted where and why the change had been so problematic. The same questions and processes were then applied and trialled with stakeholders to ensure that the process was effective in assessing any upcoming Timetable change, and answer:
1. Are you ready?
2. Can you prove it?
Fishbone worked with the stakeholders to fully identify all the system components and dependencies required to create a logic linked Master Configuration and Event Programme. This was underpinned by the appropriate levels of assurance that included:
The result of the activity and the creation of the Readiness Dashboard is that Fishbone was able to factually:
As a direct result of the above, Northern Programmes delivered the Dec’18 Timetable change without any significant issues.
In the process of doing so, Fishbone enabled Northern Programmes to also regain the trust of stakeholders and make informed decisions that improved their ability to deliver future timetable changes with far greater certainty then they had ever been able to do before.