Using innovative technology and data analytics to consistently deliver successful project assurance
The Firewood Assurance Service Tool (FAST) allows you to design and implement your assurance framework and conduct assurance reviews consistently using industry best practice that is tailored to your needs
“9.9% of every dollar is wasted due to poor project performance-
that’s $99 million for every $1 billion invested”
Project Management Institute, 2018
FAST gives you insights into how your people, your teams and your organisation are performing
How does FAST work?
What's in it for me?
Confidence that your project or programme is following your organisation’s approach
Highlighting performance issues that you or your team need to address
Tracking actions put in place to help improve performance
Demonstrating that your project or programme performance is improving over time
Understanding how your project or programme is performing relative to those of your peers
Having everything in one place in real time with no more papers to read meaning you can use your time more efficiently by focusing on what really matters
Tailoring project and programme reviews using recognised best practice and your organisation’s assurance approaches
Understanding how the projects and programmes in your portfolio are performing right now and how performance is improving over time
Showing you where I need to prioritise interventions to give you “more bangs for the buck” when projects and programmes underperform
Visible corrective actions in real time to show you that you're making progress towards addressing performance issues
Highlighting systemic trends in project or programme management disciplines that need to be improved and helping you decide on what to do first
Being able to check what you want, when you want to and where you want to
Giving you confidence that your organisation’s projects and programmes are on track to deliver their outputs, outcomes and benefits so that you can sleep at night
Understanding which of your portfolios are performing better or worse than the others, finding out why and deciding what to do about it
Having data at your fingertips when you need to call a project or programme manager or answer a question from your customers
Understanding how your organisation performs relative to other organisations
Integration with your business information systems, PPM tools, repository and calendars
Helping you target how you develop your project and programme managers
Access to additional support from Firewood’s recognised subject matter experts to help you improve your project, programme and portfolio management capability
Can I use FAST for all types of projects and initiatives?
Yes. You can use FAST for your projects, programmes, portfolios and more.
Regardless of your industry, methodology, initiative size or complexity – FAST gives you insights, helps you improve performance and helps you sucessfully deliver outputs, outcomes and benefits.
Where is my data stored?
All your data is securely stored in the London Region data centres provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) – the global cloud infrastructure we use for FAST.
Can I use my own personal or company approach to conduct reviews?
Yes, We can work with our Enterprise and Partner customers to create their own frameworks in FAST, along with custom scoring mechanisms if required.
Contact us to arrange a demonstration of our Team, Enterprise or Partner solution.
How can I access FAST?
You can access FAST from any web-browser on any device.
We also offer single sign on (SSO) integration for our Enterprise and Partner customers.
Is FAST only for project, programme and portfolio management reviews?
No, FAST can be used to assure any initiative that is important to you.
This can include a review of a new product development or an internal business process improvement initiative.
FAST has built-in best practice frameworks on product development, quality assurance and many more that are relevant to many types of initiatives and business-as-usual activities.
Which best practice frameworks does FAST have built-in?
We have over 25 internationally recognised best practice frameworks that we have truly digitised so that you can easily select, customise and use to your liking – again and again.
These include frameworks, guides and checklists related to project management, Agile development, construction, product management, lean Six-Sigma and many more.
Collectively, these frameworks provide you with hundreds of measures that you can choose from to apply to your reviews.
And we are always adding more frameworks – which means you always have access to the latest best practice with FAST.
Does FAST have integrations with other project management tools, ERP systems and BI applications?
Yes. For Enterprise and Partner customers, as part of onboarding we will set up an appropriate configuration for your enterprise systems and tools.
Can FAST help me identify systemic issues and common themes?
Yes, FAST is inherently robust and provides analytics in real-time. Issues and themes can be traced back to multiple sources of evidence.
This means you can focus on areas that are most critical to you and prioritise remedial actions to increase delivery confidence.
Can I use a combination of best practice frameworks to review a variety of different initiatives in my portfolio?
Yes, Team, Enterprise and Partner customers can select multiple best practice frameworks and use any combination of these to create one or many review templates tailored to their specific needs.
How else can Firewood help me get the most out of FAST?
To help you improve your project management capability, improve governance, risk and control, and maximise your investment in FAST, we offer a range of services, some of which are outlined here.