Many public organizations are currently pushed to introduce agile approaches, which have their roots in software development and are detailed in the Agile Manifesto. Already, a new term has been coined: ‘Agile Governance’. For design researchers, practitioners and educators, ‘Agile Governance’ offers an opportunity to reflect on the implications of design principles, practices, methods and processes in systemic contexts and management.
As part of this research, Sabine Junginger conducted a research seminar at the Hertie School with scholars in public management, organisational studies and political science which identified the need for Agile Governance 2.0. A workshop she hosted during the Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2019 with public managers from German ministries and public administrations tested the current limitations of agile governance. A series of conversations with public sector Innovation groups in Brazilian ministries and city governments produced additional insights into the role of design in these innovation efforts and identified agile methods. Initial findings were captured in a short essay for the DGTF conference 2019. The projects were supported by the Hertie School and the NGO Politics for Tomorrow, Berlin.
Sabine Junginger, PhD heads the Competence Center for Design and Management at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and has been a continuous Fellow of the Hertie School since 2009. She holds a PhD in Design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and a Master in Communication Planning and Information Design. Her publications include Transforming Public Services by Design: Re-Orienting Policies, Organizations and Services around People (Routledge 2017).
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