Department of Education

Stop purchasing new tools for internal collaboration and use MAX

The MAX Federal Community is a nuanced, robustly supported Atlassian Confluence wiki that 47,000+ Executive Branch Feds are on right now. Among other things, it supports the Budget Formulation & Execution Line of Business, but it can be used for any governmental purpose. Spaces can be easily configured to be agency-only or interagency; open or restricted, and they can be customized to meet the needs of the group. It supports informal learning as well as formal collaboration in workgroups. It enables internal transparency, best practice sharing, knowledge management, and network-forming that enables people to find others who are thinking about the same issues. It's equipped and ready to go right now, is FISMA-compliant, is reasonably user-friendly, and enables all the functionality - and then some - that's required to have a community. Until its capacity has been completely leveraged, I can't for the life of me understand how people can justify making other purchases aimed at internal collaboration or supporting communities of practice. Do agencies just like wasting money? Could we forego the "not invented here" syndrome?

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