Year-end Reflections on Digital Government

“From a little spark may burst a flame” — Dante Alighieri (Photo of sparkler from Unsplash, https://unsplash.com/photos/AwZXz_wCffs)
  • Dream bigger and commit digital teams to advancing policy outcome measures, not just web analytics, because this is one way to ensure digital teams don’t lose sight of their larger ambition to make government work better.
  • Persist in making the good path the easy path, which is easier said than done. Exposing the document-heavy and outdated processes is the easy part; negotiating a radical governance rethink from box-checking gatekeeping functions to actively engaged service providers of practical expertise is definitely harder, but much more worthwhile.
  • Look inwardly and address the ever-pervasive strategic and organizational design debts that digital teams have taken on to exist, to secure one licence after another to deliver that next prototype, to get to that next TB submission. I also went so far as to also mention that our talent strategies need to be more wide-ranging and include career and leadership paths outside of digital government teams.

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Professionally awkward. Trying to make gov work better. Policy, data & talent @ESDC_GC. Digital gov @McMasterU. Alum @DigiAcademyCan. @ONDigital co-founder

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Professionally awkward. Trying to make gov work better. Policy, data & talent @ESDC_GC. Digital gov @McMasterU. Alum @DigiAcademyCan. @ONDigital co-founder

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