The President’s Management Agenda lays out ambitious plans for the federal government to modernize IT, prepare its future workforce, and improve the way it manages major acquisitions. But many program acquisition officers cite time pressure and lack of bandwidth to learn new tools as barriers to innovation. Here are four ways to break through the fear of failure, protests, and blame that can paralyze acquisition shops. From seeking outside help from organizations like the General Services Administration’s 18F digital services organization that helps federal agencies tackle problems quickly using an agile development approach to outsourcing for innovation and looking for ways to minimize risk, GovTech Works lays out how to save time, save money, and improve mission outcomes.
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