‘Do more with less’ lessons from Hollywood

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief, Government Executive

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In the Hollywood blockbuster Moneyball, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane develops a new method of evaluating players and assessing overall team strengths that help dramatically improve his team.

The Office of Management and Budget wants your agency to do the same thing.

In a blog post, Shelley Metzenbaum, OMB’s associate director of performance and personnel management, writes:

There may never be a movie about the management of the federal government, but the Administration has been taking its own Moneyball approach to management, driving performance and, ultimately, saving money.

Like Beane, who understood that his goal was to win games – not hit the most home runs, government agencies must learn to be clear about what they want to accomplish and not get stuck in the rut of doing what they have always done. That means setting real, achievable goals that align with agency mission, and sticking to them.

Government Executive Editor-in-Chief Tom Shoop writes, “That seems like pretty good advice. But the folks at OMB might want to be a little careful about how far they take the Moneyball analogy.”

Shoop joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss what agencies can learn from the movie’s “do more with less” message, as well as the shortfalls of OMB’s comparison.

Watch the Moneyball trailer.