Submitted by rthomas on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:37
I saw an intriguing article
in Government Computer News
, by Alice Lipowicz, on how the departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, the National Defense University, and the Air Force are getting together to create a government-only 3-D “virtual world” where they could conduct training and joint exercises. Paulette Robinson, dean of NDU’s “iCollege,” told GCN “Webinars are boring,” and that the immersive experience of bringing people together on-line can be dramatically improved.
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:51
Exciting Opportunities. Government Executive reports: “Though their written plans remain shrouded from public view, agency officials charged by the Trump White House with making government more efficient say they are “excited” about what they see as a rare opportunity for systemic and lasting change to government operations.”
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:35
The common perception is that, as a group, federal managers tend to be risk adverse. However, new research based on data from the annual federal employee viewpoint survey concludes that the answer is: it depends. Managers in both high-performing and low-performing organizations tend to be risk takers. They probably feel they have little to lose by trying something new. In contrast, managers in stable, middle-of-the-road organizations tend to be risk adverse and do not want to rock the boat by taking risks.
Submitted by cmasingo on Thu, 12/21/2017 - 09:24
A new article in the Harvard Business Review by a team of researchers led by Raffaella Sadun, Nicholas Bloom and John Van Reenen, have done just this, for private sector companies. But their lessons apply in government as well, observing: “Core management practices can’t be taken for granted.
Submitted by cmasingo on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:38
But there was a ray of hope embedded in GAO’s report. The opening section assesses agencies’ progress in working together across organizational boundaries, noting “Many of the meaningful results that the federal government seeks to achieve . . .
Submitted by cmasingo on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 15:35
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Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:56
There have been a series of studies providing lessons on how to effectively create a collaborative community. For example, having a catalyst (like Lucas) and have a convening place to share (like the OpenGovPlaybook wiki), are great starting points. Russ Linden, an author who is an astute observer of collaborative approaches, recently wrote about the importance of a collaborative mindset. And being passionate and motivated matter too, as this Dan Pink video playfully demonstrates:
Submitted by rthomas on Wed, 12/20/2017 - 14:54
The Obama Administration says it wants to create “problem solving networks” across the government. Well, yesterday a group of like-minded people from across the government convened to discuss creating just such a network around the implementation of agencies’ Open Government Plans.