NDA Innovation technique – GOV.UK



Innovation issues

Delivering our decommissioning mission is predicted to value over £120 billion and take us into the subsequent century. The size and timescale current many challenges, but additionally create an enormous platform for innovation; and alternatives to do issues in another way.

By innovating, we might cleared the path in sustainable and fast decommissioning, create a safer working surroundings and return our websites for neighborhood reuse earlier, considerably decreasing the general burden on the taxpayer.

The atomic age concerned gifted individuals coming collectively, making an attempt new issues, studying from experiments and setbacks to push the boundaries of what was potential. As we sort out our shared nuclear legacy, we may also help form and outline the brand new artwork of the potential and create a greater future for many who will come subsequent.

Our goal is evident however suggestions from throughout the group signifies we are able to and wish to do higher. We have to modernise and take a look at new issues and we’ve got the chance to take a visual lead. That requires us to be daring and impressive.

We have to problem our present considering. Now we have to query our assumptions and strategy issues in another way. We are able to discover new prospects, exploit rising applied sciences and seize alternatives, even when the result could also be unsure in the beginning. We have to confront subjects which will make us really feel uncomfortable-the concern of failure and our pure aversion to threat. That takes braveness.

Organisational modifications are nicely underway throughout the NDA group. However the wider international, fiscal and coverage context can also be altering round us, requiring us to repeatedly adapt. We are able to view that as a risk, or an actual alternative to speed up our innovation ambition.

We recognise we don’t have all of the solutions we’d like proper now. However by being curious, setting out the place we want to get to, sharing our strategy, the challenges and being open about our successes and our setbacks – allows us to begin new conversations, change info and discover what a special future might seem like.

We’ll harness the information and experience from our sector and bolster that with experience from different authorities departments and from different sectors. Collaboration will present a fantastic supply of concepts, new approaches and options and is one thing we’ll actively pursue.

Abilities improvement is vital for us too – we have to upskill, unleash our creativity, diversify our considering and recruit and retain the subject material consultants for the long run, in order that new abilities shall be out there and utilized after we want them.

It’s not simply in regards to the know-how and abilities, it’s additionally about altering the broader group tradition and making a enterprise surroundings the place innovation is enabled and might thrive. That’s not straightforward to realize, nevertheless it’s vital. That is one thing I’m obsessed with and can actively champion throughout the NDA Group Management Workforce.

What will we imply by innovation?

There isn’t one single definition. Put merely, we are able to consider innovation as: doing one thing new which creates worth.

It may be new to the world, new to your workforce or just new to you.

The worth is determined by the context, individuals concerned and what’s vital to them.

Why does innovation apply to me?

Innovation is inherently linked to one thing all of us possess – the flexibility to be artistic. Tapping into our imaginations helps us discover future prospects, generate new concepts, determine new methods to strategy a problem or envision how we might do one thing another way.

Profitable organisations create the alternatives, capability and wider surroundings which allows individuals to innovate. Rising an organisation’s innovation functionality allows it to make nicely knowledgeable enterprise selections, that are aligned to its overarching enterprise technique. This technique could also be to outlive, maintain an present place or enhance upon it to develop the enterprise.

Innovation, alongside analysis and improvement, is a important enabler of the NDA’s printed technique. In addition to enabling the present enterprise, innovation also can drive wider enterprise change too and assist it enhance. For us to achieve success, create future choices which allow us to develop or adapt to wider modifications, innovation must be woven into the very cloth of our enterprise. This extends past know-how and engineering and consists of our strategy to challenge administration, finance, threat, contracting, abilities improvement, assurance and approvals. It can additionally draw closely upon our collective information administration functionality and knowledge infrastructure.

All of us have the flexibility to innovate, however the time period innovation also can describe a selected course of too. This features a vary of actions, which can sometimes embrace:

  • The identification and articulation of a possibility, development, problem or drawback.
  • Preliminary evaluation and evaluation of the necessity, its precedence and its alignment to an overarching agreed goal, goal or technique.
  • Producing concepts or searching for new options, canvassing a variety of sources.
  • Refining and maturing these concepts or options in step with consumer wants.
  • Experimentation, prototyping and testing and implementing enhancements.
  • Preliminary trialling and deployment in a consultant surroundings, understanding wider boundaries to implementation.
  • Scale up and transition into day-to-day operation/enterprise as typical.
  • Ongoing iterative evaluation and evaluation of the outcomes and advantages.

Each stage on this journey will be delivered in a wide range of other ways and is determined by the character and scale of the problem/ alternative, the individuals concerned, the broader situational context, in addition to different enablers, reminiscent of the supply of contracting mechanisms and funding.

All levels ought to have an outlined evaluation level, a transparent output and anticipated final result. In actuality, this journey is extremely iterative. Not all concepts are possible, trials can fail, some options gained’t viably scale, however the total course of ought to frequently enhance understanding, enhance information and enhance worth over time aligned to the organisation’s targets.

Though innovation groups can present steerage and assist in the best way to navigate and handle this course of, for innovation to achieve success, environment friendly and self-sustaining long run, the strategy requires sponsorship from throughout the enterprise, energetic stakeholder participation and buy-in all through. It additionally requires entry to core underpinning infrastructure to be able to seize and retain the information gained – so any worth will be amplified by means of reuse.

The place are we now?

Throughout the NDA group, we already innovate to ship the decommissioning mission.

Innovation throughout the NDA group

Many progressive actions happen as a part of business-as-usual exercise, however we could possibly be higher at capturing or enabling the outcomes, outputs and classes for wider website or group re-use. These actions are led, funded and undertaken by initiatives or useful groups; typically working in collaboration with established provide chains.

Nearly all of this exercise is incremental in nature; exploiting mature approaches or present applied sciences deployed in new methods (i.e., adapting). This work is basically undertaken inside present challenge buildings and is usually shorter-term, reactive or pushed by necessity; in response to particular incidents, obsolescence or unplanned engineering points which come up on every website.

Particular directed initiatives to enhance or improve efficiency could also be commissioned as a part of ongoing steady enchancment actions (i.e., to maintain an present course of). As soon as trialled and the advantages evaluated, these enhancements can then be applied and included inside wider website processes, realising further advantages.

In some circumstances, and more and more so for these websites with centralised innovation assets, standalone competitions could also be initiated which name for concepts or which search to determine options or providers to handle enduring dangers or recurring challenges that happen inside programmes or have an effect on particular websites.

NDA’s position in innovation

The NDA has an extra position in driving innovation throughout the broader NDA group. The NDA leads on growing the technique; to maximise the impression and worth of our collective innovation efforts in assist of the NDA’s mission, and wider organisational targets. This includes; understanding present approaches, recognizing traits and system extensive challenges, sharing and signposting finest apply, figuring out widespread boundaries and serving to to create the strategic focus, progressive surroundings and tradition which allows innovation to thrive.

The NDA additionally runs a technology-focussed, innovation supply portfolio which seeks out new collaborative alternatives and explores increased threat approaches which have group-wide applicability. This portfolio consists primarily of challenge-orientated initiatives which have the potential to disrupt or remodel decommissioning actions; delivering a step change in what we might do or how we might do it (i.e., creating new viable supply options or altering long-term planning assumptions.) The main focus up to now has been predominantly on figuring out and accelerating the event of rising applied sciences and novel integration approaches to generate new providers or techniques that could possibly be deployed in assist of future mission supply. This portfolio has been undertaken in collaboration with end-users from throughout the group’s working firms.

These initiatives trial open innovation approaches. This includes establishing new agreements with different authorities departments, innovation organisations, worldwide companions and with different industrial sectors (e.g., oil and gasoline, area, defence). These present NDA group entry to new concepts, encourage know-how switch throughout industrial sectors, leverage wider innovation funding and develop the long run provide chain. A current unbiased baseline evaluation has indicated that adopting this strategy to innovation has yielded vital worth up to now, however there’s a considerably larger prize on supply in relation to mission supply and wider financial progress, if initiatives inside this pipeline will be efficiently applied inside working firms in future.

Measuring NDA group efficiency

Our skill to seize and quantify the impression of our collective innovation strategy continues to be maturing as a gaggle and requires additional improvement. Now we have lately baselined our know-how associated innovation functionality and work is now underway to develop focused enchancment plans to start to handle these findings and discover wider advantages analysis.

Why do we have to change?

As a accountable authorities organisation charged with managing the UK’s civil nuclear legacy, our wider stakeholders count on us to function compliantly, frequently enhance and make finest use of obtainable approaches as a part of our authorized and licencing commitments. An assumed baseline stage of innovation is already included into present planning assumptions and price forecasts.

Latest international occasions, altering stakeholder expectations and the rising tempo of know-how improvement, means there’s an urge for food and rising demand to grasp further worth by means of our collective innovation actions. If we can’t adapt or reply to those drivers, we threat falling even additional behind, damaging our status, limiting our skill to draw the long run workforce and safe wider sector funding.

It’s now clear we have to change our strategy and set out our intentions to shift the stability; to scale back the boundaries to innovation and to pursue further alternatives to drive wider system and cultural change. This requires us to contemplate how we are able to higher allow innovation throughout the group in addition to how we align our efforts, after which improve them to ship most impression.

What are we aiming for?

Our goal is to remodel supply of our mission to enhance security, ship faster and to acquire higher worth for cash for the UK taxpayer.

Evolving our present strategy will ship wider profit, nevertheless it is not going to remodel mission supply or result in a step change in security or efficiency. To remodel would require basic modifications in our strategy and tradition; in what we do to ship the mission in addition to in how we select to do enterprise.

We have to put in place the fitting foundations on which we are able to construct. To be able to allow this modification, we goal to:

  • Develop our group extensive in-house innovation administration functionality.
  • Develop the abilities of our leaders to drive this wider change throughout the group.
  • Equip our individuals with the abilities, assist and instruments required to innovate.
  • Reward and recognise those that attempt to innovate.
  • Allow innovation inside wider enterprise processes.
  • Realise the advantages from concepts and funding elsewhere.

Altering our personal strategy to innovation will begin to change the tradition, however this can’t be executed in isolation from the broader eco-system through which we function. So our strategy might want to contemplate our wider relationships with academia, the provision chain and regulators too.

What are we aiming for?

Initially, we might want to discover methods to realize further mission impression and develop our innovation functionality inside present useful resource constraints. It will require our leaders to actively reprioritise innovation and create the capability wanted to be able to optimise our present strategy. It will reinforce that innovation is vital to us and deemed so as to add worth.

Group working firms will retain the pliability to innovate domestically however, as a part of our One NDA strategy, will even now have the shared duty, and be incentivised to collaborate and higher align, talk and co-ordinate these actions for wider group profit too. This strategy goals to boost collective consciousness of innovation actions across the group, enhance know-how switch, enhance the extent of standardisation for rising approaches and shorten the time required to implement and launch further worth from funding elsewhere.

The NDA will even encourage working firms to extend their stage of involvement in additional transformative innovation actions, and more and more take the lead on challenge-led initiatives or initiatives on behalf of the group; adopting shared open innovation mechanisms which encourage variety in considering and engagement with a wider provide chain.

Working firms might want to present alternatives to trial promising options rising from such innovation initiatives, to be able to enhance finish consumer publicity to new options, enhance engagement and to de-risk additional implementation in a consultant operational surroundings. It will assist to construct wider stakeholder confidence and reinforce that outcomes will be achieved in many alternative methods. This re-focusing of present assets will even allow the NDA to hunt out future and extra radical innovation approaches, to see what further worth these might convey, and focus effort on gathering the proof wanted to higher perceive and deal with the broader systemic boundaries to innovation.

How will we get there?

As our collective innovation administration functionality is at present extremely variable throughout the NDA group and requires the appliance of devoted assets to develop it, we might want to undertake a phased strategy to supply, to evolve after which improve our strategy.

Particular person functionality enchancment plans to enhance know-how associated innovation for every working firm are already underneath improvement, and these will kind the premise of short-term deliberate enterprise enchancment actions, with related targets to enhance the baseline functionality in step with comparable sectors by March 2023.

In parallel, we’ll agree the widespread necessities and the overarching ideas for managing our wider innovation actions throughout the group and develop a co-ordinated supply plan for these shared group capabilities and for future enterprise case improvement, to keep away from duplicating effort.

This supply plan will name upon different important enabling features, notably these inside HR, procurement, info and information administration. The NDA will take the lead on growing this overarching strategic plan, however it’s anticipated representatives from all working firms will work collectively to supply it.

How will we monitor progress?

Supply progress of this technique and affiliate plans shall be monitored:

  • By the NDA group Expertise and Innovation Steering Committee.
  • By inviting exterior problem by means of our Future Problem Board.
  • By benchmarking {our capability} in opposition to different sectors and internationally.
  • By common updates to the NDA Group Management Workforce and respective working firm boards

Cultural points of the change shall be assessed by means of:

  • Annual employees surveys.
  • Focused innovation assessments.
  • Common contracted challenge monitoring actions/ suggestions mechanisms.

Our short-term supply priorities are to:

  • Perceive our collective group innovation administration functionality and the precedence gaps to be stuffed, implementing the advance motion plans throughout the group.
  • Set up a brand new horizon scanning strategy by 2023 to collect further know-how intelligence, open to these throughout the group.
  • Improve the extent of energetic participation in present shared innovation acceleration mechanisms, which have been established for wider NDA group use.
  • Creating new mechanisms to undertake extra agile innovation throughout the group, to be out there when present preparations expire.
  • Perceive the place strategic interventions will be made to enhance the broader tradition, reminiscent of how we strategy innovation in our threat administration and sanction approaches.
  • Talk the outcomes of initiatives throughout the innovation pipeline and share classes learnt internally throughout the NDA group and externally.
  • Enhance our collective strategy to innovation advantages administration and analysis to extend visibility of impression and to help demonstration of worth add.
  • Ship and construct upon our radical innovation supply programme, initially aligned to our printed Grand Challenges for Technical Innovation.
  • Establish and recognise areas of excellence, showcasing the innovation behaviours we want to encourage throughout the group and wider provide chain.

What is going to success seem like?

Ship the mission:

  • Now we have constructed the foundations required to assist an evolving innovation functionality and prolong it past its present know-how focus.
  • We are able to get your hands on NDA group challenges and determine potential approaches and applied sciences that may assist clear up them.
  • We are able to choose one of the best applied sciences/ wider progressive approaches to ship our mission, contemplating the complete vary of things that NDA group has recognized as vital.
  • We implement our portfolio in an environment friendly and efficient method, trialling new approaches, sharing our findings and classes we be taught as we go.
  • We are able to higher seize the worth of our portfolio and its impression on the NDA mission and wider UK prosperity, to be able to reveal worth and inform future selections round further funding wants.
  • We benchmark in opposition to acceptable worldwide comparators and are guided by ideas set out in recognised requirements, reminiscent of ISO:56002.

Trusted to do extra

  • We create further advantages for the broader UK economic system, supporting export campaigns and job creation by investing in a large portfolio of challenge-orientated initiatives.
  • We’re a valued companion with our provide chain, worldwide companions, authorities entities and different industrial sector our bodies on innovation collaboration to share classes and leverage wider funding.

Excellent spot to work

  • We enhance alternatives to interact in self-led improvement and structured innovation actions which encourage cross group and cross sector networking, broaden expertise and diversify our considering
  • We make it simpler to search out info and entry the instruments, coaching and methods so our groups can successfully have interaction in innovation actions.
  • We recognise, assist and reward those that attempt to innovate, celebrating successes and setbacks, recognising they each give us a possibility to be taught and enhance.

What will we count on of our individuals?

What will we count on of our leaders?

If we’re to construct and maintain our innovation functionality throughout the group – we’d like our present and future leaders to change into advocates for change. The NDA Group Management Commonplace units out that all of us have a task to play to “create the long run” and creativity can also be certainly one of our core values.

Line managers are inspired to:

  • incorporate innovation alternatives into enterprise planning targets and actions.
  • embrace innovation targets as a part of the Efficiency Improvement Evaluation course of.
  • encourage and allow their groups to discover new methods of working, to assist enhance their very own working surroundings or assist create wider worth for the enterprise.

To achieve success, we’d like all leaders and managers to empower their groups to innovate and create the capability to interact in evolving our innovation strategy. We recognise that leaders might not at present universally perceive what innovation is, what good apply seems to be like or how finest to interact. As we count on our leaders and managers to look past the speedy challenges and create area to discover alternate progressive approaches, we recognise we have to upskill and in addition incentivise and reward the behaviours we want to see. As we construct {our capability}, we’ll present entry to innovation instruments and methods, focused coaching and assist measures to be able to allow this transition.

What can all of us do?

If we want to be progressive and remodel our mission – all of us have a task to play.

All of us can:

  • Make it protected to contribute concepts – actively pay attention, search to grasp and discover – with out criticising. Concepts can at all times be developed however they should floor first.
  • Share innovation makes an attempt – there’s worth in understanding what was tried and why, no matter the ultimate final result – the information gained might profit others.
  • Help colleagues who strive – altering the established order can take power and private braveness, those that can see a special path care deeply about making issues higher.
  • Assist create the surroundings you wish to be a part of – don’t count on others to do it for you – innovation requires you to actively have interaction within the course of.


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