Is there a need for lean in the public sector?

It’s no secret that LEAN has demonstrated great success in the private sector for many years. Within the last decade, LEAN has also proven to be effective in healthcare, education, finance, and now government....

Is change management in the public sector really different?

There have been a great number of change initiatives in the federal public service in recent years, whether characterized as transformative change, reform, renewal, or reorganization, and new initiatives, such as Blueprint 2020, continue to be put forward....

Project Management Methodology: Make it both off-the-rack…and bespoke

When you purchase clothes, do you like off-the-rack, or do you prefer your garments custom-made? Each has its advantages, of course....

Turning complexity into dexterity

All governments, including Canada’s, strive to manage taxpayers’ dollars more efficiently. One challenge to that goal is complexity, embodied by projects involving multiple stakeholders that often take years to complete....

Open data and connection

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Connection: governments want it, citizens demand it, technology facilitates it and data makes it meaningful. Some hail data as the new oil....

The Business Information Model, Part 3: Records keeping and new technologies

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How can CIOs set up their teams to be able respond to the requirements and challenges issued by open government and, specifically, the goals set out in the Open Government Action Plan?...

How to measure influence on policy

Getting a clear definition of policy processes and functions can be difficult. A quick perusal of popular definitions suggests that policy processes involve problem identification, policy development – which may include research, advice, consensus building and advocacy, policy implementation and evaluation – as well as other activities....

Corporate Activism

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I had a fascinating month of reading. I am smack dab in the middle of Todd Gitlin’s book Letters to a Young Activist and, this week at work while pondering the role of the corporate function, I discovered Harvard Business Review’s (HBR) great article from earlier this year “ Why Corporate Functions Stumble .” The HBR article goes into great depth about the various...