As IT leaders embrace modernization in government, they must look beyond technology to the cultural and strategic shifts that are essential to transformation, according to GCN.
One successful new approach is a “show instead of tell” mentality, where governments work closely with industry to truly understand the possibilities and applications of a particular technology.
From the article:
At the Department of Health and Human Services, for example, officials hosted a code-a-thon designed to develop data-driven solutions to help fight the opioid epidemic. A gathering of 50 teams of computer programmers, public health experts, data scientists and researchers competed to produce solutions for this specific problem. As a result, HHS has greater insight into the real-life possibilities of any solutions it may fund.
Additionally, agencies must look for a champion who is willing to be innovative and can help remove modernization blockers:
Success requires the buy-in and support of everyone involved. If the question, “What happens if the new technology doesn’t succeed?” overshadows “What’s possible?” fear will keep modernization at an arm’s length. Overcoming this barrier to IT modernization and taking an agile approach requires identifying a champion at the right level to encourage and motivate an agency. Agile development and IT modernization need a different type of involvement from government, but can also lead to greater successes.
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