How Can Government Succeed Amid Relentless Change?

The Minimum Viable Government

Brexit – shorthand for the UK’s exit from the EU – loudly asks:  How can we build better government to respond to OUR own needs?  Given the shock waves from the referendum, it also asks:  Must change be so difficult?  How can governments, not normally known for being nimble and responsive to change, structure and adapt for the better in the age of relentless change?

How Can Government Succeed Amid Relentless Change? The Minimum Viable Government - Mike Russell

I believe the answers are in Minimum Viable Government (MVG).  A MVG is the government equivalent of a Minimum Viable Business.  It implements the “Wrong Until Right” mindset appropriately for its mission.

What might a Minimum Viable Government look like?

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Another “Wrong Until Right” Illustration

Internet entrepreneur Jeff Walker recently posted about entrepreneurial mountains.

Hiking in the rain. Bieszczady mountain landscape

He used the illustration of hiking up a mountain.  A hiker faces unknowns when going up a mountain, and the hiker must make necessary adjustments in response to the unknowns for success in the journey.  He related the mountain climb to the entrepreneurial life when building a business … the need to constantly adjust to the unknowns for business success.

It was another good example of how a “Wrong Until Right” mindset is necessary for success amid change.

9 Powerful Trump Cards to Win the Project Game

How to Successfully Manage Projects

Interesting questions come my way. A recent one was “What are the top 10 skills to be a successful project manager?”

9 Powerful Trump Cards to Win the Project Game - Mike Russell

My answer was to focus less on specific skills that the outcome of good project management.  Below are some of my responses.  Even though the points are phrased as what concept trumps another, the concepts are not “either/or” but “both/and.”  Some just generally have higher value to PMs.

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A brief pause for a new project

I took a brief pause from publishing insights to focus on beginning a new project.  Stay tuned for more to come in the near future …