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GeoIgnite 2020 Video: Agriculture Canada’s COVID-19 Response Objectives and Key Results (OKR’s) on the Enterprise GIS Roadmap

GeoIgnite 2020 Video: Agriculture Canada’s COVID-19 Response Objectives and Key Results (OKR’s) on the Enterprise GIS Roadmap

This year Canada’s National geospatial leadership conference GeoIgnite 2020 was put online and brought the Canadian geospatial sector together virtually. One of the topics included updates from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) as presented by its Science and Technology Branch Manager, James Ashton.

AAFC Organizational Challenges

In past years, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) experienced technical and business challenges. Among these challenges, the continuous development in the organizational management structure was a major concern as it contributed to varying priorities and disrupted project continuity. It is also worth mentioning that the organization needed to streamline its enterprise GIS platforms and services, which are being managed by its Science and Technology Branch. In this video, James Ashton discusses how they resolved these challenges by adapting a maturity model or framework and the outcomes of the diagnosis as well.

The Slimgim Maturity Model

The Mass Maturity, Inc. conceptualized the Slimgim Maturity Model, which helps organizations generate a data-driven enterprise GIS strategic roadmap. Paul Giroux, the founder of the said company, highlights its history, philosophy and structure in this video. On the other hand, the model structure comprises fundamental components such as an outline of concise and measurable objectives, and a spreadsheet of metrics that describes operational performance towards achieving these objectives.

Slimgim Maturity Model Approach

Application of the maturity model at AAFC during the pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic season, production and distribution of agricultural food in the country are being affected. However, these events have provided an opportunity for the AAFC to test the Slimgim framework and to resolve its organizational challenges. The key result is a centralized GIS Hub that features uninterrupted data provision for each AAFC branch to perform its specific duties. Likewise, this dataset is also being used by the AAFC to generate analytic system about the country’s food assets, agricultural food labour distribution, food transportation, vulnerable population during the pandemic and trends and developments on food supplies, distribution and scarcity.

Watch the video below to learn more about the AAFC initiatives for the agricultural sector, and how the Slimgim maturity framework works to generate promising key results for your organization.

2020 GeoIgnite video link: Agriculture Canada’s COVID-19 Response Objectives and Key Results (OKR’s) on the Enterprise GIS Roadmap

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