Reorganizing the Federal Government to Meet Today’s Challenges

The need to reduce the federal deficit and improve the efficiency of government programs has increased attention on reorganizing federal agencies and programs as a mechanism to achieve these desired results. Additionally, there is sustained interest both in changing the role and reducing the size of the federal government. The key question of any desire to reorganize government is how to better design the federal government to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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Planning and Organizing Training Events

Whatever the format, satisfaction with a training program depends on how well it was conducted. And to be successful, efficient and effective organization behind the scenes is critical. This Infoline focuses on the logistical aspects that go into making a training event run smoothly and describes the knowledge, skills, and tools that organizers need to ensure a successful program. You will be able to:This Infoline also provides a job aid and numerous checklists that can be customized to ensure proper planning, organization, and communication before, during, and after the program.

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Developing Agile Team Maturity

Successful agile project teams make decisions and act on those decisions; plan and schedule their own work; and take full responsibility for getting the work done. But these highly productive teams don’t just happen. They require guidance and support from team leaders, be it project managers or Scrum Masters, who modify their own behaviors as they help the team evolve into a self-organizing, independent force.

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Organize Thyself

If satisfying work, not money, is the reason more people change jobs, it should be no surprise that individuals who choose their project are more productive. So-called self-organizing teams are not uncommon, but can the benefits of self-selected teams be part of a formal, broader approach to better project management?

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Agile Leadership

You might call the Agile Project Leadership Network the “anti-organization” organization. When the nonprofit group was born nearly two years ago, its dozen or so founders didn’t want to create a huge, self-organizing central body. And they certainly didn’t want to launch yet another manifesto into the world of project management.

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4 Agile Leader Lenses

Agile teams are self-organizing, and sometimes self-managing, but they still need leadership. Agile leaders create space for failure (and learning) while ensuring that individual performance is aligned with organizational goals. Four “lenses” — areas of focus — are helpful: mechanism, culture, process and motivation.

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Team Balance

Self-organizing teams are a key Agile principle. Indeed, employing the collective wisdom of a team is a great way to organize around any project work, and encourages ownership. But self-organizing teams shouldn’t be randomly assembled. In part three of our series on structuring and managing Scrum-based teams, here are some factors to consider when selecting or influencing who is on the team.

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Self Help

Beyond technical skills, success on Agile projects depends on productive self-organizing teams, according to Esther Derby, a respected consultant on teamwork, Scrum implementation and retrospective facilitation. Here, she shares some best practices for developing and supporting self-organizing teams.

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