November 16, 2017
Spending a little on early intervention can save a lot of money over the long term and help people function in society. Systems thinking provides a framework for preventing failure.
April 19, 2017
To improve processes, it's crucial for everyone to be able to see how they're doing in real time.
January 20, 2017
As the private sector has shown, it's a way to produce effective management and efficiency across a complex enterprise.
September 6, 2016
Governments are using the "Lean" model to bring efficiency to their operations. But it could be doing a lot more.
June 20, 2016
Comprehensive performance management is the key for the long term. But for the short term, there's nothing wrong with a Band-Aid.
May 29, 2013
A team at the Washington state lottery found a way to better adapt to retailers' needs. The result was a big boost in sales.
February 21, 2013
An Oregon agency found ways to cut the time it takes to do background checks by more than half. With inefficient processes and duplicative services rife in government, that's just the beginning of the journey.
November 13, 2012
Washington state has made one of government's strongest commitments to this approach to government efficiency, one that's likely to survive a change in administrations.
October 15, 2012
When the elections are over, a new crop of leaders will face the same old challenges. Let's hope they will approach those challenges with new thinking.
September 25, 2012
Oregon has a unique approach to designing its health-care programs: a management system that aims to eliminate silos.
August 1, 2012
Organizations usually have just a few leading indicators -- sometimes a single number -- that will predict success or identify problems.
June 19, 2012
Governments produce tens of thousands of new laws every year, confusing citizens and driving business away. Instead of more laws, what we need is a focus on outcomes.
June 1, 2012
Just putting measurement tools in place can improve existing processes — not months or years down the road, but right away.
May 3, 2012
A corrections agency’s effort to use data on what works to inform its professionals’ decisions promises better outcomes for those in its care.
March 19, 2012
Professional managers will always be key, but lawmakers who care about efficient government can have a big role to play.