Posts Tagged: program

Why You Should “Throw Down” in Meetings!

Several months ago, a coworker noticed I had a “throw down meeting” scheduled on my Outlook calendar. “Is everything OK?” she asked, eyebrows furled. I laughed, and realized I had some explaining to do! I told her “throw down” is slang for “fight” – those of us who work with troubled teens have heard about… Read more »

Rudder Check – Engage and Educate New Team Members to Stay On Course

By Mike Bajit, PMP You’ve won the contract! You’ve hired the team, but they can’t start work at the same time due to delays with the suitability process. You must execute the requirements of the contract with only a portion of your staff, while providing an orientation to the work and some on-the-job training. You… Read more »

How Can You Make Real Change? Use the Three R’s

“Scared Straight” versus “Relate” As Human Services Administrator for the City of Santa Clarita, California, I oversee programs that help young people find jobs, resist drugs, get healthy, learn new skills, and avoid gang membership. We invite ex-gang members to speak to “high-risk” teens and we show teens in our Community Court program videos that… Read more »

Reaching New Heights and Revealing the Unknown: Interview with Charlie Bolden, NASA Administrator

“Our vision essentially says we reach for new heights to reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn makes life better for humanity,” notes, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden. He joined me on The Business of Government Hour to explain this vision and more. We stand at a pivotal moment in space exploration. There… Read more »

Data Transparency Needs Data Strategy!

One of the best things I’ve read recently is Grant Vergottini’s Imagining Government Data in the 21st Century where he lists and then explains seven characteristics of “data transparency”: The data must be available. The data must be provided in such a way that it is accessible and understandable by the widest possible audience. The… Read more »

Organizational Project Management – How OPM Connects Strategy to Results

By Michael Ipsaro, PMP, CCE/A At a recent conference, I attended a break out session that focused on Organizational Project Management (OPM) and project methodologies, specifically an overall approach to implementing them as a practice standard, and the benefits of doing so. The presenters spoke about today’s increasingly competitive global environment for Government and industry,… Read more »

How Integrated Product Teams Can Improve Performance and Save Money

By Mike Ipsaro, PMP, CCE/A In this time of tight budgets and mandates to do more or the same with less, the need for innovation through greater communication and cooperation is greater than ever. The intelligent use of Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) that foster an organizational climate of cross-functional collaboration can drive innovation throughout your… Read more »

IJIS Institute Publishes Final Report from Procurement Innovation Task Force

Task force focused on the technology procurement process as it applies to the state and local government sector Ashburn, VA (January 7, 2014). The IJIS Institute—a nonprofit organization that focuses on mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security—is pleased to announce the report entitled, Strategies for Procurement Innovation and Reform. The report,… Read more »

The Importance of Project Schedule in Government Program Management

The government runs on programs. Studies have shown effective program management saves the government time, and money. In a fiscal environment dominated by sequestration, how do program managers stay above the fray? In this four-part series we’ll take a look at managing schedule, cost, scope, and quality. We’ll give you valuable tips and feedback to… Read more »