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If Communication Is Common Sense, Why Isn’t it More Common?

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Pick a government agency, any government agency, poised to implement a change. Big or small, any change will require people to change the way they are working—click a different icon, use a new email system, follow a different process, or shift to "hoteling" to fin... More »

Practical Approaches for Implementing Successful Collaborative Groups

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Sarah E Veale

GAO has identified approaches that successful interagency groups have used to overcome their toughest challenges. Essential national outcomes—such as protecting our nation's food supply, providing homeland security, and ensuring a well-trained and educated workfo... More »

Program Managers in Federal Service: Why They Matter

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Traci DiMartini

Program management is an underappreciated art in federal government. Hiring managers often confuse this skill with project management and overemphasize technical expertise and task-oriented results when hiring new employees. A Holistic Approach to Management As the fede... More »

Project and Program Management Come into Their Own

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Kathryn Medina

In 2011, the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council and OPM created a joint working group that focused on identifying and closing critical skill gaps in the federal government. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) had identified strategic human capital manage... More »

Project Management Challenges in Government

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Stanley Emelander

All projects are risky. By definition, projects deliver unique services and products, distinguishing them from routine operations. This makes the role of project managers (PMs) especially complex because unique outputs demand unique inputs and processes. Every project e... More »

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