Lean/Agile incubators inside government are encouraged!
Think of projects inside government as startups!
Initiatives cited using Lean principles:
Open Data Initiatives – liberate government data for entreprenuers
RFP-EZ – making RPF reponses easy, especially for tech companies and to save taxpayer money
MyGov – Reinventing the relationship between citizens and their governement
Better Than Cash (The 20% Initiative) – moving cash to electronic funds for foreign aid or payments oversees for servicemen and women in afghanistan and indonesia
Blue Button for America – enabling veterans to download their own medical records and improve health care
Diane Tavenner of Summit Public Schools
I really enjoyed learning about what Diane and Summit are doing with these charter schools!
One of my favorite points was getting the cycle down for learning how to teach better from a year to 2 weeks. By doing this, Diane and her team have been able to reinvent what public school means and are continuing to do so!
I also loved the data-driven approach. In one example, the schools essentially eliminated lectures because the data showed that lectures had no or even a negative impact on the students’ ability to learn!
More than anything I found it encouraging that Government officials and people working with government presented at this conference.
I think we who work in different capacities within government across the US and the world need to sit up and take notice. These are case studies we can point to in order to help sell our own lean/agile initiatives!