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A common request I get from people in the GIS industry that are current, or future, managers/leaders is: where can I go to find some resources to help me with the business/culture/people/management side of GIS? I have found no single place that contains the most useful information I know of, so I thought I would share a list of resources I have collected over the years, in no particular order. Please feel free to join the discussion and add your own resources to share.

 

  • Follow, and participate in, the Implementing ArcGIS community on GeoNet. Implementing ArcGIS is a public community group to gain tips and advice on implementation best practices, discuss challenging topics, learn from the innovative minds of GIS professionals, share your experiences and stay connected. It covers six categories:
    • Strategy & Planning
    • Architecture & Security
    • Geodata Engineering
    • Configuration & Integration
    • Workforce Development
    • Operational Support
  • One of the most important documents Esri has produced is Architecting the ArcGIS Platform: Best Practices - this document is updated at least once a year, so be sure to keep up with the latest version.  Reach out to your Esri Account Team for additional guidance on how to implement these.
  • Every organization that uses GIS needs a Geospatial Strategy in order to maximize the impact the technology can have on the organization. Check out this Introduction to Geospatial Strategy presentation from the 2019 Esri International User Conference, to learn more on the best practices Esri has learned from our work with customers across the globe over the years.  Reach out to your Esri Account Team if you'd like to learn more about this.
  • Consider some assistance with Change Management, it is "people-focused planning that drives technology adoption."
  • Join, and participate in, the Managers in GIS group on LinkedIn.
  • The GIS Success program provides a lot of great content. It is "a blog where together, we’ll leverage Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Strategies, Technologies, and Techniques to stimulate opportunities to advance GIS in the local government." It includes webcasts, training and free guides.
  • URISA runs a GIS Leadership Academy (GLA) that provides "five days of targeted GIS leadership training taught by GIS leaders."
  • Here are eight videos from the GIS Manager Track from the 2018 Esri International User Conference covering:
    • Enterprise GIS: Strategic Planning for Success
    • Communicating the Value of GIS
    • Architecting the ArcGIS Platform: Best Practices
    • Increase Adoption by Integrating Change Management
    • Governance for GIS
    • Moving Beyond Anecdotal GIS Success: An ROI Conversation
    • Workforce Development Planning: A People Strategy for Organizations
    • Supporting Government Transformation and Innovation
  • This is a great article: GIS should be about digital transformation
  • This is an excellent report from Esri Canada, Winning with Location Intelligence: The Essential Practices.
  • Read the articles from these people, and follow them on social media:
  • GIS maturity models can be helpful with identifying ways to improve. Here are three to investigate:
  • Keep your eyes open for:
    • A GIS Manager/Leadership Workshop near you,
    • GIS Manager/Leadership sessions at GIS events,
    • And if you're headed to the Esri International User Conference, consider attending the GIS Managers' Open Summit (GISMOS).
  • My own resources include:

Interesting discussion in this recent report from the US DOT regarding Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) vs. Custom mobile app development in section 3.3.2, page 6:

 

"Those interviewees from agencies that have put forth the effort to build custom mobile applications all concluded that, had they known then what they know now, they would have foregone application development altogether, and used a COTS product from the beginning."

Case Studies | GIS in Transportation | Planning, Environment & Realty | FHWA 

Really interesting report from Esri Canada on Winning with Location Intelligence - it identifies the commonalities & best practices from organizations that are successful with the tech.  Definitely worth a read.

 

Winning with Location Intelligence | Esri Canada 

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GIS ROI StoryMap

Posted by acarnow-esristaff Employee Jul 18, 2019

Return on Investment, commonly abbreviated as ROI, is an important goal for any GIS project that should be calculated, documented, and shared.  I put this StoryMap together to share information and examples of GIS ROI.  It includes many real world examples, articles, videos and additional resources to help you find the ROI in your GIS work. 

 

https://arcg.is/1Wi0CO

If you're headed to the 2019 Esri International User Conference and would like to connect, on Tuesday I will be at the GIS Managers' Open Summit (GISMOS), for most of Wednesday and Thursday, you can find me in the “Guiding your Geospatial Journey” area in the Expo.

Return on Investment, commonly abbreviated as ROI, is an important goal for any GIS project that should be calculated, documented, and shared.  Check out this Story Map to learn more about GIS ROI and view many real-world examples.

 

https://arcg.is/1Wi0CO 

If you're headed to the 2019 Esri International User Conference and are interested in sessions for GIS Managers, here is a link to the GIS Manager Track:

 

https://userconference2019.schedule.esri.com/schedule?filters=1964269831

Are you a GIS manager, leader or other executive headed to the 2019 Esri International User Conference (UC)?  I know it can be a challenge creating your personal agenda for the world's largest GIS conference, so I created this flier to assist.  It covers suggested events and activities you should consider when deciding how to spend your valuable time at UC.  I hope you have a productive UC experience, and I hope to see you there!

 

UPDATED 6/24/2019 - Added GIS Manager Track and Get Advice from Esri Services section.

 

UPDATED 6/13/2019 - Corrected the name of the Implementing ArcGIS area in the Expo to “Guiding your Geospatial Journey”

 

FYI there are other Esri UC fliers here: https://community.esri.com/community/events/user-conference/content?filterID=contentstatus%5Bpublished%5D~category%5B2019-uc-industry-fliers%5D

If you want to learn how to redefine yourself from mapmaker to solution provider, I will be presenting The Underutilization of GIS & How To Cure It in a webinar on Tu June 18 at 10AM Pacific:

 

https://www.esri.com/en-us/landing-page/industry/government/2019/underutilization-of-gis-and-how-to-cure-it

These eight videos cover the GIS Manager Track sessions from the 2018 Esri International User Conference presented July 11-12, 2018 in San Diego, CA.  They are:

 

  • Enterprise GIS: Strategic Planning for Success
  • Communicating the Value of GIS
  • Architecting the ArcGIS Platform: Best Practices
  • Increase GIS Adoption by Integrating Change Management
  • Governance for GIS
  • Moving Beyond Anecdotal GIS Success: An ROI Conversation
  • Workforce Development Planning: A People Strategy for Organizations
  • Supporting Government Transformation & Innovation

A special thanks to those that helped present these sessions: Clinton Johnson Michael Green Matthew Lewin Wade Kloos Justin Kruizenga Andrew Sharer Eric_Apple

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaPDDLTCmy4auFPPuXEzGYkQUQi8AG_uh

I'm proud to announce the agenda for the 2019 GIS Managers' Open Summit (GISMOS) at the Esri International User Conference on Tuesday, July 9th.  This is the 10th annual GISMOS and looks to be one of the best.  A huge shout out to the presenters: Eric John Abrams, Brandi Rank and Marvin Davis.

 

If you are headed to the User Conference and want to learn proven, real-world strategies focusing on the people/culture/business side of GIS, then please consider attending & participating in GISMOS.  Attendees need to register, but there is no additional cost.  I hope to see you there!

 

UPDATE - 6/24/2019 - Added link to GIS Manager Track, updated schedule times, added Project Management in GIS Special Interest Group, and added Cobb Co., GA Executive/Elected Official Panel Discussion.

 

UPDATE - 6/12/2019 - The location of GISMOS has changed.  It is now in the Indigo Ballroom in the Hilton Bayfront at 1 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101 (adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center). Please see attached updated agenda.

 

esriuc gis manager gis strategy gis leadership

If you're headed to the Esri Federal GIS Conference next week, and are a current, or future, leader, please consider attending this session that Gerry Clancy and I will be presenting on Wed. Jan. 30 from 5:15-6:15 PM in Room 209C:

 

GIS for Leaders: Seven Elements of a Successful Enterprise GIS

 

It takes more than technology for an enterprise GIS to be successful. It requires business and IT management skills. This session will review the seven elements of a successful enterprise GIS and provide strategies how GIS Managers can implement them. The seven elements are:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Understand how GIS can contribute to your organization’s success
  • Develop and maintain a GIS Strategic Plan
  • Implement effective governance
  • Implement evolutionary approaches (change management)
  • Deploy engaging apps
  • Recruit, develop and maintain good staff

 

https://fedgisdevdc2019.schedule.esri.com/schedule/1801978386 

Please check out my latest post as a GovLoop Featured Contributor. This one discusses the Esri Maps for Public Policy site:

 

https://www.govloop.com/community/blog/policymakers-how-well-do-you-know-your-community/ 

Here is the last of my twelve posts as a GovLoop Featured Contributor. Thanks to them for the opportunity to support their amazing community and platform. This one is on the Importance of Communicating Your Value to Leaders.

 

https://www.govloop.com/community/blog/importance-communicating-value-leaders/ 

Here is the eleventh of my twelve posts as a GovLoop Featured Contributor. This one discusses how the future is now for the 3D digital twin in government:

 

https://www.govloop.com/community/blog/future-now-3d-digital-twin-government/