Recent recommendations from OMB around IT Reform depend critically on the ability of those individuals and teams to manage large scale IT programs effectively, and to communicate with each other before, during, and after the contracts for such programs are released. This reality reinforces the fact that success relies on people, not technology: well-qualified leaders and managers who are incentivized to work together and achieve results.
This article is adapted from Marilu Goodyear, Holly T.
Goerdel, Shannon Portillo, and Linda Williams, “Cybersecurity
Management in the States: The Emerging Role of Chief
Information Security Officers“ (Washington, DC: IBM Center
for The Business of Government, 2010).
“My strategic objective is to pioneer,
field, and employ game-changing information
capabilities that give information dominance
over potential adversaries and decision
superiority for U.S. commanders and
When tackling very challenging problems, the discussion turns into a very tactical list of questions. How do we do that? Has anyone done that before? Who is the best in breed in solving that type of problem? How can we budget for that? What resources do we have? What resources do we need to pull in?