Big Fast Results

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,

What is BFR really?

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 with them.

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 scale.

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.

Farchad Mahfud,
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.

How does it work?

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.

Natinee Songkumarn,
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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