Developing a Management Roadmap for the Next Administration


Developing a Management Roadmap for the Next Administration

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 - 9:01

Developing a Management Roadmap for the Next AdministrationThe IBM Center for the Business of Government is pleased to join with the Partnership for Public Service in launching a Management Roadmap initiative as part of the Partnership's Ready to Govern efforts. Through the Roadmap, the Center and the Partnership will develop a set of management recommendations for the next administration - enhancing the capacity of government to deliver key outcomes for citizens.

To develop these management recommendations, the Center and the Partnership will host a series of Roundtable conversations to bring together senior public sector leaders and experts, top academics, and key stakeholders. The sessions will discuss current and past administration management initiatives that should be continued, new opportunities, and how to deliver real change in government through utilizing a comprehensive set of operational levers available to leaders. The recommendations will address approaches for enhancing a strong management system that supports the administration and delivers to the American people.

We embark upon the Management Roadmap initiative rooted firmly in the belief that effective management is critical for the success of any administration. With sound planning and forethought, a strong management agenda can be framed so that on January 20, 2017, the next President will enter office with an administration that is Ready to Govern to achieve outcomes that matter for the Nation across the next four years.


Roundtable Focus Areas

Academic Roundtable

Academic Roundtable: In April 2015, we held our first roundtable, bringing together academic and practitioner experts to discuss the management and leadership priorities that will inform the content for the Management Roadmap, a set of findings and recommendations to the next President and senior advisors.  Participants identified three critical success factors for the initiative  and talked through a variety of areas where these principles could be applied to enhance the effectiveness for a new Administration.   In these and other areas, a distinguishing characteristic of the Management Roadmap will be to identify how to achieve measurable success across key priorities, not just what can be done to address those areas.  Read more about our academic roundtable.



Strengthening Executive Talent Roundtable: In May 2015, we held our second roundtable to discuss how effective leaders can help drive successful outcomes for the next Presidential term. Participants discussed the importance of leadership talent and how it is key to success as well as how to build on the current leadership talent initiatives in place.  In all, roundtable participants addressed a variety of aspects of the leadership talent issue and then created specific suggestions for each of four areas. Read our initial blog on this roundtable and our report, "Managing the Government's Executive Talent" by Douglas A. Brook and Maureen Hartney, which summarizes our roundtable discussion, presents key findings and insights on the topic, and provides a recommended framework through which the next administration can view exective talent.


Enterprise Government

Governing as an Enterprise Roundtable: In September 2015, we held our third roundtable, on enterprise government.  Experts discussed how agency leaders can coordinate and integrate activities to drive successful outcomes for the next Presidential term.  They addressed the importance and models of enterprise government. The roundtable identified the key challenges and then presented recommendations by the action areas discussed during the first roundtable. Read a summary of this roundtable in our blog post "How the Next Administration Can Better Serve Citizens (Part One)" and "Part Two."  Read the article by Federal Times on Enterprise Government, and read the report, "Building an Enteprise Government" by Jane Fountain, which summarizes our roundtable discussion and puts forth the main recommendations stemming from the roundtable.


Decision Making

Making Actionable Decisions Roundtable:  In November 2015, we held our fourth roundtable.  Participants discussed how a new administration can quickly learn, adapt, and implement decision processes and checklists.  The group identified tools and analytic capabilities available to decision makers.  Read our blog summarizing this roundtable and the key findings and recommendations.  Read our final report, "Enhancing the Government's Decision Making" by G. Edward DeSeve.




Sustainable Innovation Roundtable:  In January 2016, we held our fifth roundtable.  Participant discussed ideas for how the new administration can drive innovation and support and sustain current government innovations.  Read our two blogs summarizing this roundtable, Encouraging and Sustaining Innovation in Government for the New Administration and part II of the blog and our report, "Encouraging and Sustaining Innovation in Government" by Beth Simone Noveck and Stefaan G. Verhulst.


A quick start for the next administration

"A Quick Start for the Next Administration" Roundtables:  Earlier this year, we hosted our sixth and final roundtables.  The sixth roundtable brought together current and former senior officials from administrations of both parties, as well as experts from academia and the private and non-profit sectors. The robust discussion surfaced a number of practical actions that a new administration can set into motion, starting with the transition period, to increase the likelihood of a successful first year. Read the Government Executive article about this roundtable.

The seventh roundtable discussed how transition teams can operate most effectively - in-service of helping the next administration get a fast start on sure footing. The roundtable brought together current and former senior officials from Administrations of both parties, as well as experts from academia and the private and non-profit sectors. Out of the discussion emerged actions that transition teams can take to increase the likelihood of a successful first year.



Transition Related Materials

Getting It Done"Getting It Done: A Guide for Government Executives"  This book is a must-read roadmap for agency leaders to hit the ground running. Part I of the book offers a straightforward to-do list to guide officials in their new leadership positions. Tips include how to act quickly on what can't wait, develop a vision and a focused agenda, and much more. Part II of the book provides short overviews of the fourteen stakeholders that government officials will most frequently encounter. These stakeholders include policy councils, Congress, unions, and the Government Accountability Office.  We will publish a revised version of the book in the early fall of 2016.


Martha Kumar


The Best Transition In History - Presidential scholar Dr. Martha Kumar writes on best practices in Presidential transitions and the importance of focusing on management in the transition and early days of an administration. Read our blog post on Dr. Kumar's book.



Governing in the next four years


In 2012, we looked at a variety of emerging trends, offered innovative approaches to address challenges, and updated a number of widely read reports from prior election cycles as a part of our Governing in the Next Four Years initiative.  We blogged on trends and wrote articles on the importance of mission support, cross-agency collaboration, and social media.


The Guide


"The Guide: Helping the New Administration Succeed in Washington" - Our Guide is a short and timely primer on how to manage in the federal government. This 24-page document includes six 'to dos' for government executives, a discussion on stakeholder groups, and eight essential tools for achieving your goals.





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