COST Action Toolkit

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Develop COST Action: Project Management and scheduling, developing design budgets, Quality Control, adherence to client directives and project scope, performing site surveys and/or client engagement to develop Design Requirements.

More Uses of the COST Action Toolkit:

  • Ensure your operation interacts with user department personnel to assess the needs; analyzes and advises users on the feasibility, alternatives, cost and timing of modifying, developing or acquiring new Data Processing systems.

  • Drive COST Action: partner with logistics coordinators to determine most cost effective inventory movement options.

  • Ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer or telecommunications product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.

  • Systematize COST Action: proactively collaborating with business partners to determine identified population segments and developing actionable plans to enable the identification of patterns related to quality, use, cost and other variables.

  • Develop COST Action: talent for creatively utilizing technology, people and processes to solve uniquE Business problems in a cost effective manner.

  • Identify COST Action: pro actively seek cost saving opportunities by analyzing current operations and data in collaboration with the project owners and internal stakeholders.

  • Be accountable for engaging with all stakeholders and driving performance to ensurE Business objectives are fully met.

  • Be a trusted, objective and independent partner that is sought after to provide cost effective, independent assurance and advice on the effectiveness of your organizations management of critical risks.

  • Steer COST Action: talent for creatively utilizing technology, people and processes to solve uniquE Business problems in a cost effective manner.

  • Devise COST Action: transition existing processes into new and enhanced ones, based on Cost Benefit Analysis.

  • Drive Continuous Improvement in the Product Development process to improve efficiency of time and cost and establishes an environment that encourages creativity and creation.

  • Drive production output, efficiency and cost improvements through bottleneck management.

  • Establish that your organization applies Business Analysis expertise to identify, develop, and implement techniques to improve engagement productivity, increase efficiencies, mitigate risks, resolve issues, and optimize Cost Savings for clients.

  • Develop and drive annual Supply Chain Cost Savings programs and process and implement business strategies that directly affect the bottom line and growth plans.

  • Devise COST Action: Project Coordination and Cost Control.

  • Make sure that your business applies System Engineering principles to develop cost effective, reliable, high Quality Systems that satisfy customer needs and drivE Business strategies.

  • Make sure that your operation oversees the development of strategies and processes to achieve annual Cost Savings, Working Capital improvement, budget performance, and supplier Performance Targets.

  • Organize COST Action: conduct what if simulations proactively identify potential capacity issues and partner with product and service owners to minimize risk and reduce Cost To Serve.

  • Ensure you enable; lead business principles, erp/mrp system knowledge and expertise, budgeting, and Cost Accounting, metric/kpi development, lean principles.

  • Deliver innovative, cost effective technology solutions which align to Enterprise Architecture standards and achievE Business requirements.

  • Provide strategic leadership in assessing, developing, and implementing quality and cost Data Management systems.

  • Lead COST Action: Customer Service has traditionally been seen as a cost center and one that is optimized for Operational Efficiency.

  • Manage COST Action: constantly verifying and reducing infrastructure cost when optimizing the system performance.

  • Confirm your corporation oversees the operations of the digital product/platform to ensure production efficiency, quality, and cost effective management of resources.

  • Govern COST Action: monitor demand, stocking levels, timely delivery, and receipt of materials to identify opportunities for supply Process Improvements, Cost Savings and to ensure availability of material to meet Customer Requirements.

  • Gather detailed cost elements and work with current pricing information to negotiate with suppliers on quality requirements, prices, payment terms, lead times/delivery, freight payment terms and any other fiscal benefits.

  • Ensure your strategy develops, coordinate, and participates in a educational and training programs that focus on the elements of the Compliance Program.

  • Provide Engineering Support to conduct formal trade studies based on engineering performance, effectiveness, Cost Effectiveness, cost performance, life cycle cost, producibility, reliability, maintainability, risk, and schedule.

  • Orchestrate COST Action: management of program budgets and/or cost center, project master timeline, Resource Allocation, and planning to ensurE Business benefits are realized.

  • Head COST Action: optimization of existing Processes And Equipment to improve Product Quality, labor efficiency and cost target attainment.

  • Arrange that your venture complies; monitors utilization of network resources and takes action to resolve any bottlenecks or conflicts.

  • Communicate proactively with all work streams to anticipate problems, create solutions, and implement efficiency improvements.


Save time, empower your teams and effectively upgrade your processes with access to this practical COST Action Toolkit and guide. Address common challenges with best-practice templates, step-by-step Work Plans and maturity diagnostics for any COST Action related project.

Download the Toolkit and in Three Steps you will be guided from idea to implementation results.

The Toolkit contains the following practical and powerful enablers with new and updated COST Action specific requirements:

STEP 1: Get your bearings

Start with...

  • The latest quick edition of the COST Action Self Assessment book in PDF containing 49 requirements to perform a quickscan, get an overview and share with stakeholders.

Organized in a Data Driven improvement cycle RDMAICS (Recognize, Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control and Sustain), check the…

  • Example pre-filled Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard to get familiar with results generation

Then find your goals...

STEP 2: Set concrete goals, tasks, dates and numbers you can track

Featuring 999 new and updated case-based questions, organized into seven core areas of Process Design, this Self-Assessment will help you identify areas in which COST Action improvements can be made.

Examples; 10 of the 999 standard requirements:

  1. Are decisions made in a timely manner?

  2. How do you ensure that implementations of COST Action products are done in a way that ensures safety?

  3. How will the change process be managed?

  4. Will your goals reflect your program budget?

  5. How can a COST Action test verify your ideas or assumptions?

  6. What do you need to start doing?

  7. Have all non-recommended alternatives been analyzed in sufficient detail?

  8. Are you satisfied with your current role? If not, what is missing from it?

  9. Which stakeholder characteristics are analyzed?

  10. Do you have the authority to produce the output?

Complete the self assessment, on your own or with a team in a workshop setting. Use the workbook together with the self assessment requirements spreadsheet:

  • The workbook is the latest in-depth complete edition of the COST Action book in PDF containing 994 requirements, which criteria correspond to the criteria in...

Your COST Action self-assessment dashboard which gives you your dynamically prioritized projects-ready tool and shows your organization exactly what to do next:

  • The Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard; with the COST Action Self-Assessment and Scorecard you will develop a clear picture of which COST Action areas need attention, which requirements you should focus on and who will be responsible for them:

    • Shows your organization instant insight in areas for improvement: Auto generates reports, radar chart for maturity assessment, insights per process and participant and bespoke, ready to use, RACI Matrix
    • Gives you a professional Dashboard to guide and perform a thorough COST Action Self-Assessment
    • Is secure: Ensures offline Data Protection of your Self-Assessment results
    • Dynamically prioritized projects-ready RACI Matrix shows your organization exactly what to do next:


STEP 3: Implement, Track, follow up and revise strategy

The outcomes of STEP 2, the self assessment, are the inputs for STEP 3; Start and manage COST Action projects with the 62 implementation resources:

  • 62 step-by-step COST Action Project Management Form Templates covering over 1500 COST Action project requirements and success criteria:

Examples; 10 of the check box criteria:

  1. Cost Management Plan: Eac -estimate at completion, what is the total job expected to cost?

  2. Activity Cost Estimates: In which phase of the Acquisition Process cycle does source qualifications reside?

  3. Project Scope Statement: Will all COST Action project issues be unconditionally tracked through the Issue Resolution process?

  4. Closing Process Group: Did the COST Action Project Team have enough people to execute the COST Action Project Plan?

  5. Source Selection Criteria: What are the guidelines regarding award without considerations?

  6. Scope Management Plan: Are Corrective Actions taken when actual results are substantially different from detailed COST Action Project Plan (variances)?

  7. Initiating Process Group: During which stage of Risk planning are risks prioritized based on probability and impact?

  8. Cost Management Plan: Is your organization certified as a supplier, wholesaler, regular dealer, or manufacturer of corresponding products/supplies?

  9. Procurement Audit: Was a formal review of tenders received undertaken?

  10. Activity Cost Estimates: What procedures are put in place regarding bidding and cost comparisons, if any?

Step-by-step and complete COST Action Project Management Forms and Templates including check box criteria and templates.

1.0 Initiating Process Group:

2.0 Planning Process Group:

3.0 Executing Process Group:

  • 3.1 Team Member Status Report
  • 3.2 Change Request
  • 3.3 Change Log
  • 3.4 Decision Log
  • 3.5 Quality Audit
  • 3.6 Team Directory
  • 3.7 Team Operating Agreement
  • 3.8 Team Performance Assessment
  • 3.9 Team Member Performance Assessment
  • 3.10 Issue Log

4.0 Monitoring and Controlling Process Group:

  • 4.1 COST Action project Performance Report
  • 4.2 Variance Analysis
  • 4.3 Earned Value Status
  • 4.4 Risk Audit
  • 4.5 Contractor Status Report
  • 4.6 Formal Acceptance

5.0 Closing Process Group:

  • 5.1 Procurement Audit
  • 5.2 Contract Close-Out
  • 5.3 COST Action project or Phase Close-Out
  • 5.4 Lessons Learned



With this Three Step process you will have all the tools you need for any COST Action project with this in-depth COST Action Toolkit.

In using the Toolkit you will be better able to:

  • Diagnose COST Action projects, initiatives, organizations, businesses and processes using accepted diagnostic standards and practices
  • Implement evidence-based Best Practice strategies aligned with overall goals
  • Integrate recent advances in COST Action and put Process Design strategies into practice according to Best Practice guidelines

Defining, designing, creating, and implementing a process to solve a business challenge or meet a business objective is the most valuable role; In EVERY company, organization and department.

Unless you are talking a one-time, single-use project within a business, there should be a process. Whether that process is managed and implemented by humans, AI, or a combination of the two, it needs to be designed by someone with a complex enough perspective to ask the right questions. Someone capable of asking the right questions and step back and say, 'What are we really trying to accomplish here? And is there a different way to look at it?'

This Toolkit empowers people to do just that - whether their title is entrepreneur, manager, consultant, (Vice-)President, CxO etc... - they are the people who rule the future. They are the person who asks the right questions to make COST Action investments work better.

This COST Action All-Inclusive Toolkit enables You to be that person.


Includes lifetime updates

Every self assessment comes with Lifetime Updates and Lifetime Free Updated Books. Lifetime Updates is an industry-first feature which allows you to receive verified self assessment updates, ensuring you always have the most accurate information at your fingertips.