Innovation Champions Group

The last Innovation Champions Group meeting for 2016 was hosted in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s recently launched innovation lab BizLab.We opened with a discussion on the journey of the group over the past year. While the group is an excellent information sharing opportunity and has delivered resources such as the Innovation Behaviours (also used in the DIIS Innovation Strategy) the Design Mentors Programme and the Crowdsourcing Policy Project now we are...
The sixth meeting of the Innovation Champions was hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs at Trade's (DFAT) innovationXchange (iXC) many thanks to Lisa Rauter (First Assistant Secretary and Head of iXc) and Ewen Macdonald (Deputy Secretary) of DFAT for hosting this meeting.We are getting into a good rhythm; providing a forum for leaders to share knowledge and develop collaborative projects for trial across the APS, consider and advance ideas from the PSIN, and lead APS-wide activity to...
Do you ever ask yourself – am I behaving in a way that will help others try new things, to propose new ideas?It’s easy to talk about innovation. It’s also (sometimes) easy to write about innovation. It’s sometimes easy to think that it’s other people that are holding innovation back. It’s also sometimes easy to think that if you just had the chance, if you just had the time or the space, that it would be easier to be innovative.But innovation is about people – whether it’s about getting support...
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 – and I think you’ll be seeing a lot more of me around these parts. Why is that you ask? Well, I’m one of the designers working on the APS Design-Thinking Mentoring Programme (don’t worry, agenda item one is ‘come up with a simpler name’). At the...
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, html) across the Australian Public Service (APS) which demonstrates how the APS is exploring, testing and trying new ways of doing things.National Innovation and Science Agenda – Government...
At the fourth meeting of the Innovation Champions Group we agreed on an ‘alpha’ version of innovation behaviours for innovators and those leading innovation.I believe that identifying these behaviours is important if we are to make innovation an expected part of how we do business. We each need to ensure that we act in a way that helps us all explore better ways of doing things. In keeping with the spirit of the behaviours, we have released these as an alpha version in case there are...
If we want to encourage innovation, then we need to encourage and support the behaviours that will lead to innovative thinking and doing.As part of the work supporting the Innovation Champions Group, we sought suggestions and advice about the behaviours that people who are doing new things need to demonstrate (or avoid). We also wanted to know what the behaviours were that were needed to be shown (or avoided) by leaders. In response we received a number of suggestions and some suggested writing...
A couple of weeks ago we asked how do innovators behave? We received some good responses and some suggested reading material, but we’re keen to hear from more people, so we thought we’d look at this from a different angle.How should innovators not behave? How do leaders who inhibit innovation behave?If you want people to support something, it’s important to focus on the positive behaviours that you want to see, not those that detract or inhibit.However, if we want to articulate just what those...
At our third meeting as the Innovation Champions Group, we had two presentations from staff involved with introducing new approaches, to help share what’s being done, and to learn from real-world experiences of applied innovation.Clive Rossiter, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, presented on the Single Business Service programme which is about streamlining and simplifying access to information and advice for businesses.Clive shared how his team has used a mixture of methodologies...
What are the behaviours that identify an innovator? What are the behaviours that demonstrate that a leader is supportive/expectant of innovation from others?As our Deputy Secretary David Hazlehurst recently blogged, one of the tasks the Innovation Champions have given themselves is to identify some of the essential behaviours that support innovation. These behaviours will help guide the Champions in their work to support and embed innovation within each of their organisations.An example of a...