A Process for Strategies in a Real-World Context

A Process for Strategies in a Real-World Context

Measurement is essential to a successful strategic plan – one that goes beyond being an inspirational document to one that fundamentally aligns resources with priorities across the organization and inspires the workforce. A clear process to measure, where leaders can review progress and make decisions, is key. This also enables leaders to pivot on initiatives that may not be working or are powerfully achieving outcomes in the organization.

Leaders need to routinely report progress to stakeholders and be willing to listen to new and unexpected requirements.

Defining the purpose and value with measureable goals and objectives, transparently communicating these, and continuously planning in collaboration with stakeholders help create a successful repeatable process that organizations can implement annually.

A defined, collaborative, flexible, and stakeholder-driven strategy enables leaders to make decisions in highly visible, complex situations at the core of an agency’s mission. With our clients, we applied our experience co-creating strategies that work in real-world context.

Inside any organization, Government or business, you find successful agencies and companies moving forward on the strength of a strategic plan. Unfortunately, a one-stop planning session rarely produces a sufficient and lasting strategic plan.  A successful strategic plan requires a defined purpose, continuous focused assessments, and a plan to develop a repeatable process. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, for example, aims to establish a process that drives strategic planning and allows the organization to achieve annual mission success.

With a well-defined purpose and process for creating or updating a strategic plan, an organization’s leadership evaluates its position within its respective area each year. A key part of the evaluation is the input and understanding of the stakeholder ecosystem – whether users, executives, or governance bodies – and the needs and influence of each. By using a careful process to create archetypes of each essential stakeholder group, an organization can empathize with each and create strategic objectives and goals, the identify how to measure these.

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A Leader’s Most Influential Tool: Gratitude

A Leader’s Most Influential Tool: Gratitude

Gratitude is one of a great leader’s most powerful tools. It creates positive energy among an organization and the sense of appreciation permeates through the work the collective group is performing. Influential leaders listen to the needs of their colleagues and express gratitude. This helps them bring out the potential in the people they lead and inspire them to achieve what is most important to them and to the project.

The Design Era of Project Management

The Design Era of Project Management

Project Management best practices and methods continue to evolve to address the biggest challenges Government agencies face in today’s market. The increased use of Agile and the move from traditional waterfall methodologies is fairly common in Information Technologies. Projects use Agile methods such as Scrum or Kanban, and organizations invest a lot of time and effort to make this cultural shift on projects.

Data: Lost in Translation No More

Data: Lost in Translation No More

The rise of Big Data technologies and data-driven approaches of business functions has created a demand for data architects and scientists that is growing by as much as 12% annually. These highly technical resources and capabilities address part of the challenge, but organizations still struggle with how to effectively use the data they have to make timely and informed decisions to improve business and mission outcomes.

Great Meetings with IT Customers in an Agile World

Great Meetings with IT Customers in an Agile World

Meetings are an essential part of day-to-day work and collaboration in every organization. There are an estimated 37 million meetings every day in the United States, yet up to 67 percent are considered failures. Sources estimate the cost of unproductive meetings in the billions and say meetings may take up 15% of an organization’s collective time.

Not Made for TV: The Critical Behind-the-Scenes Continuity Mission

Not Made for TV: The Critical Behind-the-Scenes Continuity Mission

Back in the public spotlight for the first time since the Cold War thanks to the new ABC drama Designated Survivor, Continuity of Government (COG) is a lesser-known mission in the portfolio of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Federal Emergency Management Agency. As a concept, its origins lie in the dawn of the atomic era, when the new possibility of simultaneous nationwide devastation created the need for contingency plans for the worst cases imaginable.

General Services Administration Awards Arc Aspicio HCaTS Contract

Arlington, VA December 12, 2016 — The General Services Administration (GSA) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) awarded Arc Aspicio the Human Capital and Training Solution (HCaTS) Small Business contract on December 7, 2016. This Multiple Award, Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) is a government-wide contract that was awarded to vendors in two different pools. Arc Aspicio’s contract is in Pool 2, which supports customized human capital strategy services and organizational performance improvement.