Weekly bits of interest - 29 September 2015

Some recent developments and articles of interest:

  • Tina Rosenberg takes a look at the use of 'problem-based procurement' by local governments seeking new solutions

  • Tim Kastelle notes that innovation is how we adapt to change. "Change fatigue kills the rate of change inside. Lots of people are tired of change – particularly change that they feel is being thrust upon them. We need to find ways to give people enough autonomy that they participate in our new explorations, and help build productive change."

  • What does digital disruption mean for the public sector? Kim Williams shares some thoughts. "We all need to understand that those who ignore the essential elements of these forces of change are destined to fail. Confronting these potent forces which demand reconfiguration in society, is not easy. Relevant responses with fresh approaches are essential in driving sustainable connected futures. The impact in the public and private sector are equally massive but in the public sector, notwithstanding the amazing tools at its disposition the aim to be relevant and connected needs much work."

  • Ian Hanna writes of the merits of iterative policy development. "Which leads us to the virtues of iteration. Instead of solving the entire problem, we should always bite off a smaller chunk and see what works. Which chunk? Talk to people and find out what annoys them the most. Instead of waiting endlessly for complete understanding of all the data, try something small and see what happens."

  • Anette Væring provides a journey map of MindLab as a means of sharing insights with other practitioners. "With the support of Design for Europe, Mindlab designed a tool that would also help others reflect on their own key milestones and decision-making points when navigating through the challenges of embedding design within public administrations and citizen led services."

As always, please feel free to identify any other recent developments or articles of interest in the comments below.