Could ‘microconsulting’ disrupt government contracting?

“Not every problem requires a full-blown consulting engagement. Often times, a short burst of work on a specific topic is all that’s needed to help propel government managers and teams forward. That’s why we’re introducing digital consulting services priced within the federal micro-purchase thresholds.”

When I saw announcement, my thoughts immediately turned back to Musk and SpaceX. Government IT contractors surely have a tendency to favor complex and costly enterprise software solutions rather than the cheaper, more-standardized approaches favored by commercial consumer market providers. Similarly, these contractors, facing a less-competitive landscape, may be likely to provide drawn-out consulting advice from a bevy of staff rather than find ways to provide such services with much lower level of effort.

In such a world, the service Cairns’ company plans to provide can be disruptive, just like SpaceX.

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Harvard Kennedy School professor, does research on improving government performance. also strong amateur interest in China and learning Chinese

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Harvard Kennedy School professor, does research on improving government performance. also strong amateur interest in China and learning Chinese

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