Big Fast Results (BFR) means exactly what it sounds like: impactful and immediate
consequences. But more than that, it’s the standard operating protocol of
the GTP when it comes to assessing whether an initiative is good enough to be included
in the stable of changes.
I am entirely impressed with the content and outcome of the Transformation Programme
of Malaysia and the commitment that has been shown, especially by the Prime Minister,
because for such an undertaking, you need the support of the highest political authority.
With this singular arrangement, Malaysia seems to be achieving its ambition of becoming
a first world country."
Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman OFR,
Honorable Minister and Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission,
It’s a method, a slogan, and more importantly, a mindset. BFR puts to rest
the programmes and initiatives that never get off the ground because of unrealistic
goals, because of a lack of buy-in, because of insufficient thought to go along
BFR is about assessing initiatives. It aims to drill an initiative down to its smallest
components to ensure that it is implementable – it ensures that initiatives
are brought to what PEMANDU CEO Dato’ Sri Idris Jala calls the “three-foot
level”, i.e. details of a map that are visible when viewed at the three-foot
Big Fast Results is a kind of a must for every government in the region who would
like to sustainably maintain the growth of the economy as well as manage social
issues. By adopting these Big Fast Results methodology, you can come up with quick
win solutions which are initiative and outcome driven for the right groups of people
who need it. However, for Malaysia, the targets are ambitious and it is important
that they be delivered as promised and more importantly sustained as it has been
disclosed to the public.
Special Assistant to the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring
and Oversight, Indonesia
BFR is about getting buy-in. It aims to cultivate collaboration between ministries,
government agencies and stakeholders, public and private, to define clear targets,
clear direction and the clear allocation of resources.
In short, BFR is about getting things done. It aims to rid the public of a ubiquitous
concern – that the Government simply is unable to execute and deliver on programmes
that otherwise sound great in theory. It’s about ensuring that the initiatives
put in place will do what they aim to do, and that they get done.
BFR asks key questions about initiatives and programmes such as the following:
- What are the key priorities for the rakyat?
- What does the programme need?
- Who is responsible and accountable?
- Where will the impact be felt?
- How will funds be obtained?
We usually have meetings but these meetings are not enough to create Big Fast Results.
The lab is something I will recommend back home and more importantly the inclusion
of the RIGHT people is key to the success of a lab. That’s what I am taking
back from the lab methodology presentation today.
Public Sector Development Office,
And getting local feedback alone is not enough. To further reinforce the goals of
BFR, the Government opened up the GTP process to international third parties for
review and criticism.
This resulted in the first BFR Seminar was held in Kuala Lumpur
in November 2011 attended by delegates from South Korea, Indonesia, and Japan to
name a few.
Invited to pry apart the GTP and judge the merits of the BFR methodology themselves,
the delegates were exposed to the fundamental philosophies underlying the GTP and
left satisfied that Malaysia was on the right path.
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