Skip to content Skip to main navigation

APS Innovation Week 2012

By Public_Sector_Innovation - 24 May 2012 28

A number of Australian Public Service agencies are working together this year on Innovation Week 2012. Innovation Week is about collaboration and creativity – sharing new ideas, solutions and ways of thinking in order to get better results and outcomes by the public sector.
 
It’s a chance for public servants to hear about some of the great and innovative things happening in the public sector and elsewhere, to participate in a range of hands-on projects, and to think about innovation in the context of their own work. There are a number of open events as well as closed/agency specific events. Why not have a look at the scheduled events and see if you would like to attend one?
 
Innovation Week 2012 is supported by the leaders of the APS. The Innovation Action Plan, which was signed by the Portfolio Secretaries, stated that “Recognising that long term value is captured through dissemination and diffusion of innovations, the APS and its agencies will institute mechanisms to recognise, celebrate and share innovation efforts. This will be done by … agencies holding innovation themed events to discuss, share and celebrate public sector innovation within their agencies.

From the Innovation Policy team at the Departmentment of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

What’s Your opinion?


Please login to post your comments
28 Responses to
APS Innovation Week 2012
1
Savanna100 10:16 am
24 May 12
#

Pity the APS “Command and Control” mindset won’t be looking at a US innovation called “Results Only Work Environments” (read more at http://www.gorowe.com) this idea is based on allowing employees complete flexibility so long as the work gets done. A quote for their website (below) explains it but I
reckon it’s beyond a bridge too far for the control freaks in the upper echelons of the APS.

“ROWE recognizes that life is an individual experience and that no two lives are identical — and leverages this to achieve better performance from each individual. ROWE is not Flextime. ROWE is not Telecommuting. ROWE is not Job?Sharing. ROWE is not about allowing your people to work from home a couple of days per week. In a Results-Only company or department, employees can do whatever they want whenever they want, as long as the work gets done. No more pointless meetings, racing to get in at 9:00 am, or begging for permission to watch your kid play soccer. No more cramming errands into the weekend, or waiting until retirement to take up your hobbies again. You make the decisions about what you do and where you do it, every minute of every day.”

Report this comment

2
Overheard 10:41 am
24 May 12
#

There’s something of an irony in that this statement: “Recognising that long term value is captured through dissemination and diffusion of innovations, the APS and its agencies will institute mechanisms to recognise, celebrate and share innovation efforts. This will be done by … agencies holding innovation themed events to discuss, share and celebrate public sector innovation within their agencies.” would rate into the red on the Gunning Fog Index of obfuscation and verbosity.

http://gunning-fog-index.com/

Many years ago, the term ‘walk the talk’ was all the rage with the then Public Service Commission. It’s a phrase that usually makes me want to vomit, but intrinsically, that’s the challenge for any organisation, public/private/NFP/community: why not do one or two of the things we said we’d do? (That’s about the only show tune I’ll take lifestyle advice from, thank you Juan Peron.)

Otherwise they’re just pretty words to bandy around and look good in preambles to corporate and business plans. But does the organisation/agency/department REALLY want its minions busting the mold and doing something ‘courageous’ (thank you, Sir Humphrey)?

Actions always speak louder than words. So I will now shut up and note that these views are mine and mine alone (that bloody Evita again!!) and do not reflect any official or unofficial position of any public or private organisation I am involved with other than Overheard Productions.

Report this comment

3
poetix 10:52 am
24 May 12
#

‘This will be done by … agencies holding innovation themed events to discuss, share and celebrate public sector innovation within their agencies.’

If I am reading this correctly, they are going to have meetings about it. Innovation rules!

Report this comment

4
bugmenot 11:19 am
24 May 12
#

Here’s an innovation: drop the meaningless jargon and write clearly. Start here:
http://www.weaselwords.com.au/index3.htm

Para #3 just screams for this game:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzzword_bingo

Report this comment

5
dpm 11:20 am
24 May 12
#

poetix said :

‘This will be done by … agencies holding innovation themed events to discuss, share and celebrate public sector innovation within their agencies.’

If I am reading this correctly, they are going to have meetings about it. Innovation rules!

I particularly like the ellipsis in that sentence, which I read as a ‘(drumroll)’. It all makes much more sense then! hahaha! :-)

Report this comment

6
ECE 11:52 am
24 May 12
#

I went to the Global Service Jam in February, organised by the PSI team. I had an absolute blast, met a whole bunch of interesting people (both working within and outside of the APS) and learned a lot. I’ve got my ticket to GovJam and can’t wait! Keep up the great work, guys – the event list this year looks fantastic.

Report this comment

7
Overheard 12:11 pm
24 May 12
#

ECE said :

I went to the Global Service Jam in February, organised by the PSI team. I had an absolute blast, met a whole bunch of interesting people (both working within and outside of the APS) and learned a lot. I’ve got my ticket to GovJam and can’t wait! Keep up the great work, guys – the event list this year looks fantastic.

The great APS disease: FTLAs. It’s the language of exclusion and just a bunch of assumed knowledge.

Are we supposed to know or guess what PSI is?

Report this comment

8
ECE 12:19 pm
24 May 12
#

Overheard said :

The great APS disease: FTLAs. It’s the language of exclusion and just a bunch of assumed knowledge.

Are we supposed to know or guess what PSI is?

Fair cop! It’s the Public Sector Innovation team.

Report this comment

9
EvanJames 12:23 pm
24 May 12
#

Overheard said :

Are we supposed to know or guess what PSI is?

Pounds per Square Inch. It makes your tyres hard. Or soft.

Report this comment

10
Public_Sector_Innova 12:27 pm
24 May 12
#

Hi – ‘PSI’ is used by some as a shorthand for public sector innovation.

Savanna100 – interesting idea. Do you happen to know if there’s any research about its outcomes or how it works in practice?

For the more sceptical of you – why not come along to one of the events and see and hear about some of the innovative things being done in organisations to get better results?

Report this comment

11
Overheard 1:42 pm
24 May 12
#

Public_Sector_Innovation said :

Hi – ‘PSI’ is used by some as a shorthand for public sector innovation.

Then spell it out first and put in in brackets (PIIB) for every second use if it’s going to be used again. Note that if you’re not going to use it again, there’s no need to PIIB.

It sounds bloody-minded, but so many agencies are so mired in bloody acronyms and initialisms that they don’t realise how exlusive they’re being to anyone a) outside the organisation or b) just coming into them.

THAT is a blocker to PSI or AFI for that matter. (Anyone’s innovation.)

Report this comment

12
Overheard 1:42 pm
24 May 12
#

EvanJames said :

Overheard said :

Are we supposed to know or guess what PSI is?

Pounds per Square Inch. It makes your tyres hard. Or soft.

Thank God you’re here!

Report this comment

13
VYBerlinaV8_is_back 1:46 pm
24 May 12
#

Public_Sector_Innovation said :

Hi – ‘PSI’ is used by some as a shorthand for public sector innovation.

Savanna100 – interesting idea. Do you happen to know if there’s any research about its outcomes or how it works in practice?

For the more sceptical of you – why not come along to one of the events and see and hear about some of the innovative things being done in organisations to get better results?

Will you be engaging any Paradigm Evangelists?

Report this comment

14
devils_advocate 2:46 pm
24 May 12
#

Savanna100 said :

Pity the APS “Command and Control” mindset won’t be looking at a US innovation called “Results Only Work Environments” (read more at http://www.gorowe.com) this idea is based on allowing employees complete flexibility so long as the work gets done. A quote for their website (below) explains it but I
reckon it’s beyond a bridge too far for the control freaks in the upper echelons of the APS.”

This isn’t strictly true – if you walk into the office every day, kick goals with both feet, and actually contribute to leadership and team outcomes, nobody in management cares about how many or which hours you log behind your desk. Yes, coworkers and juniors may make snide comments about turning up late or taking long lunches, but if you are indispensible and reliably get the job done to a very high standard then you can pretty much get away with whatever you like in terms of working hours, etc.

Report this comment

15
johnboy 2:54 pm
24 May 12
#

Savanna100 said :

Pity the APS “Command and Control” mindset won’t be looking at a US innovation called “Results Only Work Environments” (read more at http://www.gorowe.com) this idea is based on allowing employees complete flexibility so long as the work gets done. A quote for their website (below) explains it but I
reckon it’s beyond a bridge too far for the control freaks in the upper echelons of the APS.

“ROWE recognizes that life is an individual experience and that no two lives are identical — and leverages this to achieve better performance from each individual. ROWE is not Flextime. ROWE is not Telecommuting. ROWE is not Job?Sharing. ROWE is not about allowing your people to work from home a couple of days per week. In a Results-Only company or department, employees can do whatever they want whenever they want, as long as the work gets done. No more pointless meetings, racing to get in at 9:00 am, or begging for permission to watch your kid play soccer. No more cramming errands into the weekend, or waiting until retirement to take up your hobbies again. You make the decisions about what you do and where you do it, every minute of every day.”

That’s pretty much how we do things at RIotACT. But as a small organisation accountable only to our shareholders (much of which is ourselves) we’re highly empowered individually to deliver outcomes.

In larger organisations it gets harder. You need to get information from other workers, you need to get approvals from higher up, you need other people to do parts of the work you’re putting together.

And all that gets easier if everyone is sitting at their desks at roughly the same times every day.

Report this comment

Related Articles

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter

Top
Copyright © 2016 Riot ACT Holdings Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.

Search across the site