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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.

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PantsMan 4:57 pm 25 May 12

Is this serious? Want innovation, then get the public sector out of people’s lives and cut taxes.

The people who came up with this have clearly run out of ideas to justify their existence, and are also sufficiently dim-witted as to wantonly provoke the readers of the The-RiotACT so.

Extend to them no mercy.

Someonesmother 4:17 pm 25 May 12

Oh for heavens sake! It will be a gab fest for the executive to babble on about how special and clever they are.The ‘real’ innovative APS employees will be the ones below EL1 level who are still at work holding the fort.

poetix 11:44 am 25 May 12

Public_Sector_Innovation said :

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?

I won’t take up your kind offer because I would rather have my liver eaten daily by an eagle with a particularly blunt beak and very poor eyesight.

Also, I am not in the public service.

bitzermaloney 11:35 am 25 May 12

Public Service Innovation… I haven’t heard of such oxymoronic BS since “Military Intelligence” or “Honest Politician”.

Seriously, with all the red, white and blue tape that dictates how the PS runs and an overarching attitude to wait for the private sector to act there will be no genuine innovation in the PS unless it’s filled in triplicate between 12:00 -12:30am on the night of the first full moon fo each leap year, certifed by a JP and cross-certified by the Queen.

devils_advocate 10:51 am 25 May 12

johnboy said :

Until the Public Service can sack malingerers they’ll need restrictive work practices.

+1

johnboy 10:27 am 25 May 12

Savanna100 said :

Technology JohnBoy, you can do practically anything with it these days. Before working on my websites this morning, I skyped my partner who’s currently in New York city, did some work on an impending Iphone app application and order some groceries and other things online. Some of these things are much more complicated to do than merely communicate with various people in your office. the APS should have access to Skype, ibooks, etc. Thank God they havent twigged to how wonderful Evernote is or we would lose that for sure !!

You’re assuming a motivated and productive workforce.

Until the Public Service can sack malingerers they’ll need restrictive work practices.

Savanna100 10:25 am 25 May 12

bugmenot said :

One glaring problem is the APS. Nothing stifles innovation better that a mix of bureaucracy, endless reviews/panels/taskforces/micro-managers/trepidation due to accountability/process obsession/you’re not allowed to do XYZ/focusing on minute details etc (from what I’ve heard, it’s common in IT). eg. http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Diary-of-a-Government-Contractor.aspx

I’d begin by fixing internal problems before pushing yet another Action Plan/”innovation conciousness” etc. Who comes up with this stuff?

Can I just say “AWESOME” !!!! WELL SAID !

Savanna100 10:23 am 25 May 12

johnboy said :

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.

Technology JohnBoy, you can do practically anything with it these days. Before working on my websites this morning, I skyped my partner who’s currently in New York city, did some work on an impending Iphone app application and order some groceries and other things online. Some of these things are much more complicated to do than merely communicate with various people in your office. the APS should have access to Skype, ibooks, etc. Thank God they havent twigged to how wonderful Evernote is or we would lose that for sure !!

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