Government missions are complicated undertakings; wouldn't it be great to be able to understand all of your key components at a glance? This session will review the use of a Business Canvas to capture what your organization does, regardless of size or mission, on a single page.  It will also cover  analyses that can be done using such a canvas, both logically and via experiments, and how this can fit into transformation. The demonstration will also show how decisions you make for improvements  on your canvas can fit into your project or program portfolio.

This interactive demonstration will walk you through the concepts using a real Government organization.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This session is structured as follows:

  • Overview of the Business Canvas and application within a Government context (~10 min)
  • Understanding the broader context of change using the Business Canvas (~10 min)
  • Using the Business Canvas for making strategic decisions (~10 min)
  • Business Canvas to Portfolio Management (~5 min)
  • Additional Q&A (~10 min)

This will have a few slides and everyone will get a copy of an empty canvas sheet to work with on their own either during or at some later point of their choosing.

Learning Outcome

Attendees will learn how to -

  • Capture the key aspects of heir organization's business/mission on one page
  • How to make decisions and assess impacts to their mission based on contextual factors
  • How decisions on actions can go into their portfolio

Target Audience

Government Executives and Managers, Executive Coaches, Program Managers

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  • Ben Morris
    By Ben Morris  ~  11 months ago
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    Sounds interesting. Would love to hear more about which sort of stakeholders were involved and where the canvas is effective. I.e. branch managers vs execs. 

    • Paul Boos
      By Paul Boos  ~  11 months ago
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      Thanks Ben, I'll def  ensure I talk about to whom the biz canvas was communicated if this gets accepted.


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