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CALL FOR TOPICS: NextGen Summit 7/25-26
January 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm #175456
It’s that time of year!
In order to make the Next Generation of Government Training Summit better than it was last year, we need your help to build the agenda.
Each year, we compile topics and session ideas from the next generation of government and their supervisors to ensure we are providing the correct and adequate training needed to make government better.
What topic or session ideas do you have?
What do you need to learn to make you better at your job?
What tools do you need to help you grow in your government career?
Check out last year’s agenda to help get your brainstorm going.
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January 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm #175520
Design Thinking – I’d love to see another interactive version
Obama 2012 Campaign Digital team
MOOC – Coursera, etc
January 8, 2013 at 10:50 pm #175518
I like the idea of Dan Pink (a Washington native) presenting, especially on his new book “To Sell in Human.” Yes, we are ALL in sales. I also enjoyed the presentation by the CTO on the future of technology. Would be neat to have a session by Parnership for Public Service on what it takes to be a Best Place to Work.
Please webcast the sessions to ensure maximum participation nationwide by those who don’t have training or travel funds.
January 9, 2013 at 1:29 pm #175516
Yeah I like the idea of Dan Pink’s new book.
Cool idea on Best Place to work
January 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm #175514
I’ve been participating on SHRM’s HR Metrics and Measures Taskforce; I’d love to see what others are doing with analytics, dashboards and metrics. Shoutouts to my fellow VBA, PivotTable, and Excel brethren.
January 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm #175512
PivotTable represent 🙂
January 9, 2013 at 6:32 pm #175510
Dorothy Ramienski AmatucciParticipant
I would love to see a panel or breakout session about how to get started in project management. How can you best effectively approach your supervisor? How can you develop trust with others in the office so that they will follow your lead? Also, some tips about working toward the PMP would be helpful.
January 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm #175508
January 11, 2013 at 3:30 pm #175506
January 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm #175504
A replacement or vast upgrade for DOD’s Standard Procurement System (SPS). It’s the DOD-wide contract writing system. It’s pretty ancient now (came out in 1999). While it gets upgrades, it wasn’t designed for the next-generation workspace — i.e., tablets using touch-screen interface.
January 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm #175502
Oohh…huge BJ Fogg fan here.
January 16, 2013 at 7:28 pm #175500
Here are a few ideas received via email:
– My idea for nextgen would be to have an overview of an agency and its org chart and what it all means. For example, someone could explain the different components of DHS and explain what each actually does. Until I spent a couple years in government, I didn’t understand much what the general council, legislative affairs, and operational offices of an organization, such as DHS, really do. Also, you could talk about “the job behind the job description” because it’s sometimes hard to decode what something like “program analyst” really entails!
– Working with difficult people
– Knowing when to leave your organization
– Attitude of a Team Player
– Organizational Skills
– How to take control of your own Professional Career
– Being a Leader (when you are not the leader)
– Taking advantage of career development again and again
– Your greatest resource: Networking
From a past speaker:
1) Communicating, Collaborating and Inspiring a mult-faceted workforce or team. ie. better management over the mix of military, civilian employees, contractors making up one team, or one mission.
2) Preparing for or counteracting the increase level of stress facing mid-level managers. ie. more orgs seem to be dealing with “outbursts” or reactions to stress and want help on creating less stress before it gets to the boiling point.
January 16, 2013 at 7:46 pm #175498
Few more from email:
1. ‘Defusing a hostile employee situation’ is an area that I see people struggle with.
2. ‘Indecision = No decision = Failure’ is another trend I see in newer and older management.
3. The WOW Factor (Basics of Networking)
How to make an impact with your appearance
Business card etiquette
A lasting impact…follow up and thank you notes
4. MENTworking (aka Speed Mentoring)
Patterned after “speed dating,” it is an opportunity for you to have a brief discussion with a mentor.
Each participant will have approximately seven minutes to ask a mentor questions related to career development.
To get the most out of the seven minutes, participants are prepared with specific questions.
After the session, mentees will have experienced a valuable one–on-one conversation with a professional.
January 16, 2013 at 10:41 pm #175496
Another for consideration: Hacking your work environment. What tweaks can you make to improve your day-to-day activities?
January 17, 2013 at 12:34 am #175494
- Something to incorporate: a morning run through DC, past the big monuments or a training session in the hotel gym before one of the days. Work/life balance and managing stress could be the topic… May be suited more for those traveling to NextGen (like me!) and I’m sure you guys have those numbers. I know you have some GovLoop/GovDelivery runners as well. My first trip to DC as a Fed was for NextGen 2011. Very inspiring getting to see everything outside of the hotel too. A good way to incorporate a work/life balance session with seeing the city. I bet one of the Healthcare vendors would provide healthy snacks, etc. or a yoga instructor during one of the sessions. We have a SoCal Feds Get Fit group in Los Angeles and BC/BS will provide a lot of the resources for us.
- SES feedback. Having an SES panel give honest feedback to Gen X, Gen Y and Millennial attendees about behavior in the workplace. Briefly touched on it during a session last year and kind of funny when an SESer told the audience to “slow down, stop texting me, and no I don’t want to be your Facebook friend.”
January 17, 2013 at 2:54 am #175492
Three particular things in my mind (1) How to make most of the time out of your position in a temporary agency? (unique, i know) (2) When do you start the process of trying to transition out of it? (3) How as a generalist (program analyst/performance auditing) can you try to transition yourself/get positions outside the IG community- some of us are desperately trying to not pigeon holes as “auditors” and have yet to figure out how to do it!
January 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm #175490
Ooh dig it. Meaning physical work environment? Like cubicle hacks, how to take notes?
January 20, 2013 at 7:43 pm #175488
Good stuff – I think #3 is something that affects many (replace IG with say grants or acquisition or IT – lots of folks in those roles but are generalists at heart)
January 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm #175486
Some other emails/thoughts:
-How-to: Loved Tech Tips last year. Repeat or even more with real concrete hands-on walkthroughs/things you can set up in your work environment. Gdocs/Dropbox/etc. Could do items on web analytics/etc
-How to run great meetings
-More office hour speakers
-PM & agile project management
-Have sessions on “0-2 years bootcamp” and “5-10” years in – while similar in ideas there are some differences in Gen X/Y that are relevant that I see each year that worth separate sessions
-People – Bryan Sivak, CTO HHS, White House Innovation Fellows
January 20, 2013 at 8:07 pm #175484
Title: How to Build Your Own Personal Training Program out of Free or Low-Cost Online Resrouces
Summary: As agencies cut their budgets, training and development is usually first to go even though employees need training to progress in their Federal careers. This topic explores training alternatives that keep your skills sharp and ready to succeed in your career.
January 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm #175482
January 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm #175480
I know these guys and could do a cool innovation session
Knowinnovation is curious about creativity, problem solving, leadership, managing change, research, technology – all the things that go hand-in-hand with innovation.
We like to collect people in a room and surprise them with their own ingenuity. Though we have a special place in our hearts for flip-charts and post-its, we love technology and lead rich virtual lives. We’ve designed and developed a number of intriguing ways to interact and invent using every kind of method: high touch and high tech.
We’re a team sprawled across the planet, traveling time zones to do our work, which doesn’t really feel like work because we make it good fun.
January 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm #175478
Other ideas via email:– Social media related: how-to stay safe at work (Hatch Act/1st Amendement, etc)– Social media: standing out as a thought leader, building your network– Crash Course on Emerging Trends: could talk BYOD/Mobile/Cloud – what you need to know to implement and lead, or be more informed– Blogging 101: tips and tricks for bloggers– Government Procurement 101: How does government buy? Very basics of a super technical and complicated process.– The federal budget process – how agencies get funding, and how to get the max for your agency/department– Agile / design thinking – probably on the list alreadyCool people I’d love to see:Steven Levy – WiredTim O’ReillyCorey BookerColbert / StewartSalman KhanUber folks
January 20, 2013 at 9:26 pm #175476
Digging this one – awesome
January 20, 2013 at 10:37 pm #175474
How about OPM recreates their innovation lab in a breakout room, complete with their facilitators? NextGen attendees submit agency problems beforehand. The lab does realtime problem solving during the two days and you can sign up to be a part of the sessions.
OPM’s innovation lab spurs new way of problem-solving http://is.gd/sbqmwK
January 20, 2013 at 11:11 pm #175472
Ooh – digging it.
January 21, 2013 at 2:45 am #175470
Maybe a couple of mini-sessions: A gov101 for newbie govies like myself that teach you how to navigate through the organizational politics to excel and advance in our career. How to understand the GS system and promotion process.
Many may know but there are also many new folks coming into gov from the private sector in the past year and while we have hit the ground running in many instances, it would be nice to have some knowledge of the whole process of getting through the first year and so forth.
January 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm #175468
Some other good ones via email:
I think it would be good to have a training sessions geared towards managing money. Many younger folks are coming out of school with mountains of debt and without an understanding of insurance plans, benefits, or the ability to understand the benefits of government service.
I would to hear more on Federal benefits. It seemd that there is nobdoy to explain what yoru E&l statement means, what optiosn you have fro TSP or Flex plan ; how to calculate your retirement income etc.
Really like social media topics, app development love to learn more abt social media federal regulations and law& case studies, federal blogs, social media and recruitment, soc media in community outreach initiatives. ocial media impact on hot policy topics such as education funding, healthcare, immigration and others.
I would like to have more about implementing mobile apps in state government.
January 22, 2013 at 1:53 am #175466
Good idea LIsa – so true
January 22, 2013 at 2:35 am #175464
Speakers – Ramit Sethi if iwillteachyoutoberich
Young Entrepreneur Council – http://theyec.org/
Eric Braverman, McKinsey, Ezra Klein,
· Think about having some sort of Gen X focus at Next Gen, maybe even call it something like “Leadership – Gen Xers on the Rise” and have an outlined curriculum for that cohort – they don’t like being lumped into leadership development with Gen Y and this could/would give them a clear reason to participate in NextGen – I’m seeing more and more a rift between Gen X and Y, particularly around the conversation of leadership development. Hopefully something like this could mitigate differences that are arising.
- · Invite MOOC’s (massive open online courses) to be a part of NexGen. The idea is that agencies will at some point, be moving to MOOC’s as a learning modality
January 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm #175462
Developing your Federal Government Self-Brand
Defining your Self-Brand online.
What is the true meaning of Innovation, the word is used so much now. I don’t people really understand it.
Social entrepreneurship within the Federal Government?
Infographics will this trend fade quickly?
Responsive Web and HTML5will the Federal Government adopt these website trends?
Where are the Federal Social Media govie jobs? Is there a secret public affairs society?
January 30, 2013 at 6:27 pm #175460
Ross D. RockettoParticipant
I think a great topic would be government’s role in the impact economy. The central idea being that there is a growing movement of companies and organizations with double and triple bottom-lines – social value, environmental value, and financial value. In many cases these organizations are providing immense public value to society. The central question would be, what can government do to further encourage the development of this space? As yet, there are a lot of things happening in small pockets of government, but most people don’t even know this area exists. Since NextGen attracts government’s future leaders, this is definitely something that they’ll be faced with in the next few years.
February 5, 2013 at 3:17 pm #175458
A – I think an issue that we need to improve on and that has been coming up is how to improve communication and relationships between the Govt and Industry. With the fear of protests and giving away competitive advantage or company secrets (in the procurement process), this has stunted the growth of potentially so much innovation & improvement for our Govt IT systems & programs (via contracts & relationships with contractors).
B. Another hot topic is social media in the workplace. This could go both internally (within an organization) or externally (with other parties, i.e. Govt. w/ industry, Govt. w/ the public, etc.). It would also be interesting to hear a discussion of the security issues or implications of using social media in the workplace.
C. Succession planning- How are we doing and how are we dealing with it? Are we equipping emerging leaders to take up the responsibilities of many who are retiring? How are the different age demographics responding to or handling the situation?
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