Make data-informed decisions to maximize your agency’s performance. Rapidly increase transparency and efficient allocation of your resources by adopting a holistic and data-informed intelligent organizational design methodology. The integration of innovative technologies and powerful business intelligence will facilitate rapid alignment to achieve mission performance goals.
Achieving Agency Mission Performance Goals in the Face of Significant Budget Reductions
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The current economic and budgetary conditions are forcing governement agencies to make difficult staffing and resource decisions. At the same time, leaders are expected to meet ambitious stakeholder performance objectives, take on new missions, or even transform their organization to meet current mission and policy demands. Our experience has shown that many government organizations lack integrated data, standard processes, internal objectivity, and defensible models required to adjudicate competing resource demands, understand trade space, define requirements, and optimize their use.
A recent GAO study determined: “An underlying challenge facing DOD is that it does not have complete and reliable headquarters information available for use in making efficiency assessments and decisions.” (1) Innovative analytical tools to capture diverse arrays of data (e.g., strategy, operational metrics, functional work requirements, and workforce data) are needed to provide insight and help shape decisions. The confluence of these challenges and limitations can result in severe organizational risks including chronic inefficiency, performance degradation, and failure to meet customer and stakeholder expectations.
Over the last six years, and through the course of more than thirty studies, WBB has identified four common, critical attributes that successful organizations possess that allow them to economically achieve strategic alignment, innovation, and efficiency; these are:
- Structured resource alignment to the organization’s strategy and priorities,
- Predictive capacity to adapt to a rapidly changing and unpredictable environment,
- Rapid intelligence: Insight into the wealth of information available from multiple sources, and
- Enduring capability that allows for rapid diagnosis of organizational health.
To accelerate the diagnostic, prescriptive, and predictive capability required to implement an enduring resource governance model, this white paper proposes an alternative holistic approach. WBB has been refining a rigorous, repeatable, but highly configurable staffing analysis and decision support capability incorporated in our Intelligent Organizational Design and Resource Planning and Management (RPM) solution. Our solution provides an innovative process, enabling technology and “what-if” optimization capability to operationalize and resource an organization’s strategy. Our solutions enables leaders to:
- Assess organizational strategic priorities, gaps and inefficiencies in work performance,
- Determine gaps between current capacity and resourcing levels needed for success,
- Identify opportunities to divest low value work and make investments in process, policy, structure, and technology to increase efficiency,
- Map resources to work requirements to determine valid, defensible resource requirements,
- Identify low-risk offsets to fully fund mission priorities, and
- Plan for change and perform “what-if” optimal staffing excursions based on emerging or anticipated changes to the environment (mission, budget, political) and the resulting impact.
WBB’s solution integrates a web-based relational data model, survey capability, and decision support application (RPM Decision Support System or RDSS©) in a standardized best of class methodology. The RDSS is a highly tailorable web-based SQL server relational application that provides automated data integration, modeling, visualization, and dissemination of information required for benefit/risk based staffing. The RDSS aligns missions and strategic objectives to processes (work) and then measures the contribution of current resources available to perform the work. The difference between the required capability and current output identifies a performance gap that allows decision makers to better understand how changes to organizational structure, work performance, resource mix (skills, labor type), and levels (e.g., staff, IT) impact the overall performance of their organizations. RDSS provides efficient collection and quality assurance of critical data, as well as incorporating powerful web-based reporting and analytics.
WBB has a refined process to work closely with the organization to capture relevant available data from multiple sources leveraging previous and ongoing work. Traditional models require users to spend the majority of their time collecting, collating and fighting to integrate and display the data. Our alternative approach minimizes imposition upon your staff, reduces time to delivery and accelerates “data informed” senior-level decision making.
Adopting a holistic and data-informed organizational design methodology will rapidly increase decision quality insight. Recently WBB assisted, two large commands considering consolidation needed to identify valid staff requirements, overlapping work and potential efficiencies. WBB performed a strategic organizational optimization study resulting in minimized mission execution risk while producing an estimated savings of $10.5M in 2012 and expected cumulative savings of $100.8M by FY 2016 (source: GAO-12-345). Adoption of a holistic, repeatable process enhanced by integrating technology and powerful business intelligence will have an immediate positive impact on your agency’s mission and allow leaders to operationalize a fully resourced strategy. Greater transparency of work contribution to the mission will help control costs, measure organizational performance, and allow agencies to strategically govern an agile staff.