Friday, 8 December 2017

Give Me Everything

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A few weeks ago, I got into a conversation at a client I have been working with, around their newly launched self-service portal.

Without naming the RSL in the Midlands, I thought they had made a very good job of it, working with a third party web partner and their HMS provider. Lately I am coming around to the idea that the best self-serve seems to generally involve that kind of mix. Maybe that’s one for another expanded blogpost.

However, I digress.

The client had been pursuing a soft launch, with several hundred customers contacted in the first phase, by email and post. Each customer had been invited to contact the RSL, with the assigned user/reference ID in the communication, to ‘confirm’ their identity.

Getting on for a hundred had been back in contact, but one had caught the organisations eye. One customer had replied to the email, with just about every possible piece of personal data, clearly ‘over’ confirming their identity. There was enough personal data, to probably execute some clear identity theft, a few times over, for what was supplied.

Firstly, the question was, “What’s to be done”?

The respondent had taken the original email quite literally, but perhaps not in the way that most of us, savvy internet users, might respond. Clearly the original communication should have stated that ‘There is no need to supply personal data by email, please phone us on xxxxxxx, so we can supply your password etc…’. Also, as banks often do, a statement about ‘not disclosing certain personal details’, should also be a feature.

Secondly, how should this particular resident be handled?

A peek at the RSL’s Housing Management System, might reveal if this is perhaps an older (perhaps naive) resident, or perhaps one with known vulnerabilities. Clearly, a member of housing or scheme staff, needs to have a conversation with this resident to explain how we need to keep secure on-line and also what is the appropriate way to respond and validate requests for personal data.

Getting tenants, residents and other customers signed up for self-service is a challenge for all in socialhousing. Much like those clever Aussies back in 2015, maybe RSLs can offer cyber security sessions, which becomes the Trojan Horse, followed by a smooth sign up of their resident portal? An interesting thought eh?

Interestingly, this RSL was already collaborating with a local college, to enable sessions at different schemes, with residents to help them get online safely and then move to doing business with their landlord online too.

Consider if this may work for your organisation. This may restrain some of your residents ‘Giving Everything’ to the bad guys out there, in cyberspace.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Test Transmission

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UAT, otherwise known by those in the know as ‘User Acceptance Testing’, is something that sits in practically every implementation project plan.

When implementing something as complex as software or a new integrated system of modules, testing is essential, although rarely appreciated. It frequently takes a long time to accomplish too. Actually being a veteran of many projects and much UAT, its fair to say, the longer it is, the more reliable the go-live. Often where a go-live goes smoothly, more than once someone has said to me, “What a waste of time all that testing was, as it went really well today”!

Clearly, anyone who says that, is missing the absolute point of UAT.

How on earth should UAT be explained to first time testers? It is a bit abstract when you think a bit more deeply about it.

UAT generally comes in a number of cycles. Two or three rounds of it, are often popular and even the thought of that, just needs some explanation to staff. Its imperative that proper testing takes place and generally I like to capture examples of UPRN’s, accounts etc, that users have actually tested, so authenticity can be verified. The UAT document is a living, breathing thing that should accurately reflect progress in confirming a new solution, will be fit to work when live. 

As its teams of users testing, its useful to show handy progress of each team in chewing through the tests. Line graphs are great at showing this, based on how far testing has progressed, per team, up to 100%.

The first UAT pass should be expected to throw up a lot of issues. This is normal and its prudent to warn our testing users, that this may be the case, to set some realistic expectations. Once that first pass is complete, some revisions of config, data, workflow or software bug fixes, are likely to be necessary. Clearly at this point, engagement of your supplier is crucial and responsible suppliers, will have factored in some essential attention at this point.

After the fixes are in, the next round of UAT can begin.

At this point, in addition to our graph of progress, I generally add a graph of what’s passing too. More tests should pass at this stage, so its more likely to be a better motivator. Once we get to a high level of confidence, we have moved to being very close to be able to confirm we are ready for a final round of user training and the go-live.

To get your testers motivated and to understand the whole UAT process, be sure to set expectations, right from the start. They need to understand too that every day spent testing, potentially saves ten times that, if those issues are only detected after, rather than before go-live. Most importantly, they need to be able to deal with that fact that problems will be expected to be found, that’s the job of UAT.

Get in touch if I can add some insight to your data project, Integrated Housing or Finance system review or procurement.

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Friday, 17 November 2017

The State Of Things

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As anyone who reads this blog knows, I work right across the UK, from England, into Wales, Scotland and Ireland. A continual problem is how do we know if our organisations are doing well? ‘Benchmarking’ is a well-used buzzword. Where should we look to benchmark and will it reflect reality? i.e.. compare ourselves to something similar and extract some useful insights.

I have done some work with a local organisation to me, Vantage, who host the ‘Performance Improvement Club’.  My work has involved greater efficiency in DLO teams, but clearly as readers of this blog will know, I have a long term geeky interest in better KPI’s and reporting.

On a chance conversation with Tony Bryan, Chief Executive of Vantage, at the 24Housing awards, it was mentioned their latest KPI stats from the benchmarking club were available. Improved performance can only be based on knowing what the norm is, what others are actually achieving. I am committed to better reporting, however creatively that can be achieved.

Its always good to know who’s part of the benchmarking club. In this case, its some of the leading landlord RSLs in our social housing sector. The Vantage club attracts a wide variety of significant large and medium landlords from across the UK. This means that a varied raft of statistics can be collated for some unique insights.

Firstly, who is involved in the Vantage benchmarking group? Well it’s a broad mix of English and Welsh landlords. Plenty of familiar names, many of which I have worked with over the years.
Some Vantage Improvement Club Members
When I read through the report, it gave me a warm feeling. There are clear insights in the data taken from 132 major RSL/RPs, distilled into clear information about our sector, which I recognise from the work I get involved with.

As a sector watcher myself, I feel it comprehensively covers all financial areas  I work with in improving systems and processes. I have provided a link to the full report at the end of the blog.



Despite the continual rollout of Universal Credit, a 4 year rent reduction, it’s clear we have a strong sector. As I have tweeted about a lot lately, recent noises from Westminster sound like socialhousing may be back on the agenda (and rightly so!). The political tide might yet be turning, as Tony Bryan mentions in his summary.


Let’s look at some of the headline figures:

  • Turnover stable, only down by a very marginal 0.11% on a turnover of 16.69%
  • The G15 group of London landlords still dominate turnover, 27% of all UK socialhousing
  • £156m still being wasted in void property loss
  • Employment costs down 6.6% on last year
  • Operating surplus up (much greater in General needs housing)
  • Financial performance operating costs (strangely greater in NE England.
  • Routine operating costs, per unit (slightly lower)
  • Operating costs (slightly falling by unit)
  • Financial Health & Viability (Gearing generally increasing)
  • Headline annual average social housing cost per unit £3,514
There are some striking regional variations. One case in point is voids, a key concern for landlords. The graph below shows how badly on average the North West performs, with a mixture of low average weekly rent and worst void loss %.
Void loss by English region
It would be interesting to research the penetration of modern void management systems, such as mobile and recharge recovery, in each region to consider if these innovations are contributing.

Another key area where improved systems should be making a positive effect is in control of costs per unit. Better controlled repair processes should be reducing waste due to wasted visits, unnecessary repairs and better appreciation of sustainability.


Headline Social Housing Cost per Unit

In the figures on the right, the number of capitalised components fell by over 16%, reflecting what I see with my clients. Again, the regional spread is interesting. The last area to mention is stock size and achieved housing cost per unit. There has been a lot of discussion recently following mergers, if bigger is better and can it be cheaper? The larger bubbles to the mid-far right in the graphic below, do suggest it. Seeing the data like this, it does suggest it’s the 15-35k groups/RSLs that may currently have most of the cost challenges.


Stock size vs Social Housing Cost per Unit
Vantage are certainly taking benchmarking to a new level.
Why not download the full 24 page 2017 report on this link
http://acutanceconsulting.co.uk/download/VantageReport2016-17_via_HousingITguy.pdf

For more information on the Vantage Performance Improvement Club, click here: YourVantage.co.uk 

Get in touch if I can add some insight to your data project, Integrated Housing or Finance system review or procurement.

Related Post: When you procure, bring all your team and users on the journey too! 


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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Knights In White Satin

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I think more people should experience Somerset. It is often said to me it is a quiet county, as everyone seems to rush through it to get west to Devon and Cornwall. It certainly must make it quieter, but no less fun or likeable. The vast quantity of work I have done, down in this really cool corner of Britain, has made me a real advocate. The Somerset Tourist board know where to post that remittance.

Soooo.. when it was mentioned to me that Knightstone Housing, just outside Weston-Super-Mere, were looking at putting together a whole event, on digital and data, I was up for it. IOT or ‘Internet Of things’, for you non TLA people. As many in socialhousing will know, Knightstone are joining with DCH, just further west.

I must have been blogging about the Internet Of Things for yonks, maybe 5 years by now.
Every time it is just around the corner. However, in 2017 it seems the smart money think it actually is. This is how fast experts think that IOT will grow:

Expected IoT Internet Of Things growth post 2017
Proof that we are on the cusp, can be seen in the explosion of IOT home automation and other domestic product devices, we all seem to be dabbling with. Recognisable examples are Hive, Nest, Wink, going headless with Amazon Echo/Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomePod. We are getting used to geekily talking into our home devices too aren't we, more so than we are prepared to do outdoors, with others.

More and more devices are entering our homes too, internet kettles, fridges, taps, heating controls etc. A world of convenience, but for sure we are in a pioneers era, with early adopters the foot soldiers. Something I described as IOT’s Betamax vs VHS moment. IOT devices need to adopt some solid standards, so devices from different sources can all work together, with standard interfaces to management software, or upper application layers (e.g. the Asset Management or CRM system).

Security of data and updates are another key area. We need to keep the vast amounts of data generated/consumed, where it’s meant to be. That needs to be designed in from inception, with the ability to patch/upgrade remotely, possibly months, or years into the future of an IOT device, that might function for ten years or more.

Having done battle on many occasions with the self-service checkouts, at Morrisons, I have always thought that the ‘March Of The Machines’ might start there. As I described at the Knightstone event, it might start in your kitchen. If Samsung internet fridges can be harnessed to leverage a remote DoS (Denial of Service) attack on internet connected servers, then we need to take IoT security way more seriously. So, right there you can see the need for strong standards for IoT, and soon! I may well blog on the remainder of the content of that presentation, in the next few months.
Could a malicious hack into the nations hummus and taramasalata, precipitate a double-dip recession?
I was very impressed with the way Knightstone had recognised the extreme importance of data, devoting a whole day to it. There was a hundred or so attendees, from the organisation and external ones, such as Yarlington and Brunelcare. Nick Horne called it right that the two key resources our organisations turn on, are data and our people. Great to chat afterwards to Nick and many others at the event I have got to know, over the last few years.

The sessions included experiences from Dwr Cymru Welsh Water on their data strategy, as well as how the data scientists of Bron Afon Community Housing, are improving quality and eliminating the old faithful, yes the labour of love, the Excel spreadsheet.

Data the welsh way, the Bron Afon Journey
Housemark and Equillian had some great data insights as to how AI and algorithms are helping us sift through ever more potentially linked data. From Equillian, my premier, from many takeaways on the day, was that “Organisations with poor data quality will never be the most successful”. Within and beyond the socialhousing sector, we would all do well to paint that slogan at the face of every open-plan office wall. That would remind managers and staff 20 times a day, that’s the ultimate key to our success.    

All the Knightstone Data and Technology Day presentations can be found on the following link -
https://www.knightstone.co.uk/about-us/data-and-technology-day#HousingITguy
Click here to access the presentations from #KHADataTech
Get in touch if I can add some insight to your data project or future presentation event

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Who do you think you are?

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You know often, it’s not so much that its who you  think its for, its like what problem we are solving here.

I have come across so many projects where that question cannot easily be answered.

Now I have to say it happens less so in the private sector, as often profit is the key driver. Our surplus in socialhousing is what we should be focussed on, to deliver improvements and new housing.

A lot of projects get started for a whole raft of reasons. May be we have a charismatic CEO who drives forward a number of well meaning changes. Possibly legislation in England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales wrong foots us.

However, whatever is the cause, some times I find myself asking, “What’s this for”?   

How much can go wrong? Well quite a lot really.

Key stakeholders can ‘Leave the building’, maybe the requirement just has changed or gone away. A good example being ‘Pay To Stay’. The latter, a big issue that melted away. 

We need to be on the ball about if our projects are still relevant and also what they are for and set up to achieve. One with unsure or unknown outcomes is a liability. Always Question what your projects are for. If the reason for them has changed or there was no concrete reason to initiate them, maybe the time has come to stop, reconsider. 

Don’t waste time on broken projects is my measured advice..

Get in touch to comment or DM me about your particular project mix or your lessons learned.

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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Big Bang Fun

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A question I am asked a lot, generally but not always after procurement, is should our implementation be phased or big bang?

As this question generally relates to large integrated housing management systems, the first thought is often, lets phase it. Reality is for me, is that most projects of these kind I have been involved in, have taken a big bang path. So how can we be sure that works well and what re the pros and cons of the different options, if most solution suppliers prefer a big bang?

An initial multiple module, strategy definition exercise, is a good idea, in order to ensure all staff and the project team have their expectations set as early as practically possible.

Some of the key questions relate to your type of organisation, is it simple, complicated, spread across a few locations or companies in a group structure. Also attitude to risk, something that must be considered and addressed early What resources are available, is there a big or minimal implementation team? Are there some competing business needs, which could be expected to clash with the change project?

Phasing an implementation generally will be costlier as they inevitably will take much longer to fully accomplish. Your project team will need to put in more time, as will your supplier, burning up more on-site days. I always bank on estimating three times your supplier days, on projects. Many of my clients balk at this, however most agree at the end that the estimate was not so far off.

If we do choose big bang, it is crucial that all system inter-dependences are thoroughly checked, tested and signed off, way before and as a formal precursor to go-live. Where a phased approach is utilised, expect some temporary interfaces to be needed for some months, between phases. This is something that introduces additional costs and the need to test more than once, through the lifecycle of the project.

Although in socialhousing systems, many interdependences between rents, CRM, assets & repairs point to a big bang approach being easier, if these form a single phase and maybe a second logical one with Service Charges/Factoring, Case Management and Planned/Cyclical modules, this can be a very successful approach. As can be imagined, I see various mixes of modules being replaced, some organisations including DLO/Contractor and Finance systems in the mix too. Feel free to comment or DM me about your particular project mix or your lessons learned.


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Saturday, 14 October 2017

The Logical Song

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Increasingly I encounter more and more socialhousing organisations, looking to develop a tight digital strategy, in some cases building one with them. Pretty much all ask, how can we do this well? Who is doing this well, particularly in providing resident omni-channel and increasing channel shift and footfall to digital, rather than more traditional means?

We all see and are used to customer self-service. Daily I bet like me, you use Amazon, online Banking, supermarket and apps for booking travel & hotels. These set our expectations and for my money, this is where the bar is set. Don’t look to your supplier’s ‘out of the box’ systems, they in general look too much like your back-office solution. Strangely, none of the apps listed above, behave like something sat on a desk, near the water cooler.

Taking the dull, techie, logical components from your back office systems however, you can add sparkle and magic, with some web services, to get closer to a real world offering, your residents & customers are more likely to flock to.

Yarlington Housing Group is one forward thinking organisation, I have had the pleasure to have worked with, on a number of occasions. In my book, they tick that box of consistently strive to ‘Do it well’. So, let’s have a look at some of the top tips and silver bullets we can learn from an innovator such as this.

Clear and simple navigation, brilliant signposting for residents & other housing customers
Welcome to MyYarlington
(1)    Get a decent Third party web partner with extensive experience, in and out of the SocialHousing Sector. Proven experience working with a number of popular integrated housing management solutions reduces risk. Hallnet here have used their Active Housing range of products and services (https://www.activehousing.co.uk/). These are proven at in social housing organisations and are currently been implemented in Guinness, West Lothian Council and Sovini Group, among others.

(2)    Keep it simple (stupid). If you are a diverse go-ahead housing group (like these Somerset guys), use simple colourful disability-friendly icons/design to provide one click direction to your key digital footfall.

(3)    Make it as easy as possible for customers to sign up or get on with what they need to do, as fast as practical. Using Hallnet’s solutions, The Torus Group customers manage to diagnose, request and (DRS) appoint a repair in an average of 90 seconds, which is quicker than over the phone. Slow or inefficient self-service will just drive your customers to your helpline. Not good!
Give your social housing selfservice the commercial feel, get a basket for repairs & other things requested
The 'Basket'

(4)    Size, or rather re-size is everything. I have blogged here about if apps are good, bad or essential. Reality is that most customer Smartphone's these days are in good wifi, 3G/4G coverage. A responsive website, which is still a breeze to use on say an iPhone4 or 5, may provide the flexibility of an app, at a fraction of the cost.


(5)    Make your site work like Amazon, the Trainline or EasyJet. Get a familiar basket, to make it natural for customers to group requests together, or change their mind. Give them what they already are used to and understand. If they have to bother learning how to use your self-service, they just won’t ‘bother’, remember that.  

(6)    Ask your customers, ‘How was it for you’? When did you last do anything you were not asked to rate? Hotels you stay in, that Byron Burger, that Uber journey. On that last one, you rate the driver as well as them rating you! Understand what your customers like and dislike about your self-service and act on that valuable feedback.

Unhelpful self-service can just generate waste calls into your service centre
Don't forget the valuable feedback
(7)    Use Google Analytics or similar to find out how visitors navigate your pages, and act on high numbers of abandoned or in-complete transactions. Undoubtedly, these will translate into waste calls, into your service centre before long.

(8)    Taking account of GDPR, think out of the box, by shaping online services around your customers. Yarlington and Hallnet have clearly applied some serious thought around this. Clearly back end systems need to support the good control of the tenant data journey, conforming to the legal principles of GDPR.

Make your Socialhousing self-service and Omni-Channel GDPR ready
Make selfservice GDPR ready

(9)    Do not assume with your self-service, if you build it, they (your customers that is) will come. Paradoxically, conventional methods such as quarterly updates, mailshots, mention on the service centre line, when call waiting (…did you know you can do most things online, instead of listening to Dire Straits here?). Yarlington are making full use of a launch brochure as well as digital classes. Borrow some clothes from the commercial world to oil the wheels of your customers channel-shift journey. ‘Digital Eagles’ anyone?

(10)     Like in the garden of Eden, from day one, try to have all the ‘low hanging fruit’ on offer to tempt customers in. I.E. Tenant dashboard with notifications alerts, rules based content, privacy opt-ins, view and update personal details, Account section (current/future charges, fast statement generate for UC and other users), End-to-end repairs (‘real’ appointments, cancel, schedule, SMS reminders etc), messages, end tenancy request.

Yarlington who manage over 11k homes, aim to have 80% of transactions occurring online, with plans to reinvest substantial savings into property development and existing property renovation.

Stats from just the first fortnight are promising. 1100 signed up users, 1,650 account page views, 887 views of repair history, Repairs diagnosed and appointed: 200. If each phone call cost £3, it can be seen Yarlington will start to see some dramatic savings.

Chris Reed, who I have worked with on many occasions at Yarlington, was impressed with what has been achieved in a relatively short period. “Not only were Active Housing able to develop a fresh, intuitive and integrated customer portal, they were also extremely approachable and went the extra mile to ensure the project was delivered on time and to budget whilst meeting all our requirements.”

Get in touch with the Hallnet activehousing team 0800-023-9024 - https://www.activehousing.co.uk/

Checkout the HOMES exhibition, Nov 22-23rd 2017 - https://homesevent.co.uk/
Hallnet, with their Active Housing range of services, are attending the up-coming HOMES exhibition, Nov 22/23rd at London Olympia. Visit them on stand H35. Alternatively, catch them on https://www.activehousing.co.uk/ or on 0800-023-9024. For HOMES they have a number of free passes. Grab one while you can!

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