Four Immutable Laws of Data

I am often fascinated by the ways in which data is erroneously perceived, collected, stored, retrieved, and reported in organizations. Data of all kinds certainly have limitations. In any given...

Imagining an On-Demand Government in an Uber World

The public sector changes slowly. We all know this. But the glacial pace of government is even more evident in its inability to adapt to the new on-demand world. Need a ride? Connect to Uber. Need a...

How Do You Measure the Effectiveness of Government?

With the 24-hour news cycle and at-your-fingers access to the latest stories, the American people have plenty of information constantly available to them. And whether they know it or not, they are...

Batter Up: 5 Things Workforce Planners Can Learn From Fantasy Baseball

It's that time of year again. Baseball superfans know what I'm talking about. It's time to draft your fantasy baseball team. If you're like millions of Americans, you're grabbing your peanuts and...

What the Left and the Right Can Learn from the Center

In politics, the person in the middle is confusing. Republican politicians such as Senator Ted Cruz decry the “murky middle.” Similarly, at a recent House Democratic caucus meeting, tension grew...

A Basic Big Data Introduction for Non-Technical Leaders

Most companies, outside of large analytics-oriented shops like Google and Amazon, have struggled to find ways to translate Big Data analytics into bottom-line revenue. Part of the disconnect in...

Can Transparency Be Legislated?

In May 2014, President Obama signed the DATA Act into law. The crux of the law is simple: Make financial data across government available in a standardized format. As a result, stakeholders will speak...

Is Big Data Important for Non-Technical People?

Over the past several years, it seems as if anyone who speaks the language of technology has reached the consensus that “Big Data is the future.” With the Big Data market projected to reach $50...

Public Managers and Politically Driven Change: A Retrospective

COE Principal Consultant, Dr. Paul Eder, co-authors a featured piece for The Public Manager titled "Public Managers and Politically Driven Change: A Retrospective" with Blaine R. Young of the Board of...

Are Your Metrics Lying to You?

In today’s business world, it is almost impossible to find an organization that does not establish and track metrics for any number of business purposes. Accordingly, many relevant and beneficial...