Weekly bits of interest – 8 February 2016

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Kevin Desousa and Gregory Dawson look at technology practices that are stifling public sector success. “The status quo in public sector IT has stood for 20 years; it is time now for a paradigm shift. More dialogue on the issue with the right […]

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Design-thinking Mentoring Programme: Discovery kick-off

How many public servants does it take to change the way we work? We don’t know yet but over 65 people at our discovery kick-off was a mighty good start! Who am I? Hello everyone. My name is Nikki Smith. I’m a designer at the Department of Human Services – […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 1 February 2016

Some recent developments and articles of interest: James Riley reports that DataStart is considering taking startup equity. “The Commonwealth is considering a significant expansion of its DataStart program as an ongoing mechanism for finding data solutions to government challenges, and to help fund new companies, Innovation Minister Wyatt Roy says.” […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 25 January 2016

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Tim Kastelle has written about his lessons from running a ‘Lean LaunchPad’ programme with CSIRO. In the first of this series of posts, Tim writes about how to understand your customer (or user). “Steve Jobs didn’t do customer development, why should I? You’re not Steve Jobs. Also, […]

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Embracing innovation in the way we do business

Can government – can the public service – really be a leader in innovation? Two recent developments suggest we can be: First, under the National Innovation and Science Agenda there is an explicit pledge that government will be leading by example Second, we have published a ‘Snapshot’ of innovation (PDF 3.3MB, […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 18 January 2016

Some recent developments and articles of interest: In partnership with the Government of Brazil, MindLab is setting up an innovation lab in Brazil. “In December 2015, the Brazilian government took initiative to establish an innovation lab in order to experiment with new solutions while also accelerating projects and implementing them into […]

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From the Vogons to Bob – Public Servants in Space

Science Fiction is often used to speculate ‘what if’ scenarios, taking contemporary trends and extending them or twisting them into future or alien world scenarios. It’s probably therefore no surprise then that when it comes to government bureaucracy in science fiction, all the historically traditional traits get played up into […]

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APS Innovation Snapshot 2015

This is an html version of the inaugural APS (Australian Public Service) Innovation Snapshot Report. You can also access a PDF version, APS Innovation Snapshot 2015 (PDF 3.3MB), or have a look at the experimental ‘Instagram version‘. Foreword Making an Innovative Public Service Highlights of 2015 The APS Innovation Agenda APS Innovation Case Studies […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 11 January 2016

Some recent developments and articles of interest: Does it feel like everyone is talking about innovation? Tim Kastelle suggests we’ve hit peak innovation hype. “Yes, the hype around innovation right now is excessive. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t value there. We’re at the point where we will start […]

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App-solutely agile: looking to the sharing economy for economic growth

A guest post from Andrew Swanson, one of the 2015 graduate intake for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. A group of graduates at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science recently presented our department’s executives with findings from our research report ‘Understanding the Sharing Economy’. The sharing economy […]

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