Federal Acquisition Innovation Labs

The need for Federal Government IT support and solutions is extensive. In addition to increasingly complex networks and agendas to improve efficiencies, the public is demanding better security of information in light of high-profile thefts involving personal data. Agencies need to meet these IT security infrastructure needs and others, while the … [Read more...]

Federal Workspaces that Encourage Innovation

The Federal Government is making progress in implementing more flexible, innovation-friendly workspaces. The General Services Administration (GSA) is leading the charge with the Total Workplace initiative. The focus is to create an environment that allows Federal employees to have the ability to work from just about anywhere by utilizing current … [Read more...]

Are Your Metrics Lying to You?

In today’s business world, it is almost impossible to find an organization that does not establish and track metrics for any number of business purposes. Accordingly, many relevant and beneficial methodologies for implementing metrics exist, such as The Balanced Scorecard. The assumption is that an organization that regularly monitors … [Read more...]

Assessing Innovation Strategies

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) recently published a 3-part miniseries that explores the process of city innovation and provides instruction to public officials seeking to promote and support these efforts locally. In the first part of this series, the … [Read more...]

Strategies for Fostering Innovation

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) recently concluded a 3-part paper miniseries that “explores emerging strategies to strengthen the civic, institutional, and political building blocks that are critical to developing novel solutions to public … [Read more...]

Chief Innovation Officer Tools: Developing a Socially Balanced Strategy

The identification of chief innovation officer roles in both the public and private sector is becoming commonplace. Governments and private organizations alike are creating new position descriptions with corresponding innovation-oriented priorities to be balanced and strategies to be fulfilled. Often, when the terms "balance" and "strategy" are … [Read more...]

Public Sector Innovation Officers: A Growing Trend

The need to innovate is present in all sectors of the economy. Whether it is innovation in product manufacturing, internal processes, or connecting with customers or constituencies, to stay relevant and effective, organizations must innovate. For large, complex and bureaucratic organizations like the Federal Government, how can you spur innovation? … [Read more...]

Manage Innovation Risk with a Disciplined Approach

Most senior executives recognize the importance of innovation, yet they are disappointed with the results of their innovation programs. Too many firms are risk averse, following a strategy of low-end incremental product extensions rather than investing in real breakthrough innovations. A recent Accenture study of over 500 executives shows that … [Read more...]

Professional Development for the Innovative Organization

When employees in government hear “professional development,” the term often becomes synonymous with training. If there is a perceived knowledge gap, train it away. If there is a new topic employees need information about, then more training is needed. Accordingly, professional development often involves reactive, … [Read more...]

The Process of Innovation

Innovation is often thought of as a random event in which a genius comes up with a great idea while tinkering in his garage. Unfortunately, real innovation takes dedicated work and specific knowledge of relevant subject areas. Making internal innovations in the way business is done also requires the ability to overcome resistance to … [Read more...]