Platform Roadmap

The VPS Academy Roadmap is a tactical level guide for how the Academy can be activated and evolved over time.

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The VPS Academy Roadmap is a tactical level guide for how the Academy can be activated and evolved over time.

The VPS Academy is based on a leading edge framework which Peer Academy has developed for launching and growing communities of practice, adapted to the particular context of the Victorian Government.

The Framework

Developing a peer learning academy is a complex social venture, not a technical challenge which has a step by step methodology.

We think of it like a process of activating new public spaces; whilst we can create the core infrastructure for people to inhabit and use, we need to be active in those spaces to ensure we get the kinds of outcomes we’re aiming for.

Town Hall Model

Activating a Peer Learning Academy

We have defined several stages of activating a new academy:

  • Setting The Conditions
  • Invitation & Onboarding
  • Building Social Capital
  • Building Collaborative Capability
  • Sharing Knowledge
  • Creating New Knowledge
  • Collaborative Working Culture

Enabling each of these phases is a balance of proven activities and careful experimentation to make them work in the local context.

Why Experimentation?

Peer Academy has developed a rigorous process for designing, activating and scaling out a peer learning academy based on experimentation culture. This process makes the development of an academy more likely to succeed within the VPS organisational context.

This process is based on:

  • behavioural insights from academy participant stakeholders
  • leading edge design practice in the context of emergent systems (1,2,3,4)
  • latest evidence about developing human capital from leading thinkers (5,6)

Experiment cycles are an action research method, which enable real time communication of progress to stakeholders, collect valuable evidence for evaluation of the initiative’s outcomes, and feed behavioural insights into the evolution of the Academy over time.

Experiment Cycle Overview


The platform is activated through a series of experiment cycles which allow us to have alignment around action, observe and measure behaviour, reflect to gain insights, and then tailor the design of the next cycle to maximise the likelihood of its success.

This section details each of the experiment cycles, what they’re intended to achieve, and the evidence they’re based on.

Experiment Cycle Theory
Experiment Cycle Theory 2
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  2. Hassan, Z. et al (2015) The rise of the prototyping paradigm. Social Kritik, 142/2015.
  3. Klein, L. (2013) UX For Lean Startups. O’Reilly Media.
  4. Cicero, S. (2017) Platform Design Toolkit.
  5. Hagel, J & Seely-Brown J. (2017) Help Employees Create Knowledge — Not Just Share It. Harvard Business Review 09/2017.
  6. Kulasooriya, D. & Wooll, M. (2017) Unlocking Human Potential. Deloitte Insights 02/2017.