For Edwin, there are two key elements that helped his organization in the implementation of the strategic partnership. First, the executive support makes an absolute difference. It takes real BRM Philosophy believers at the executive level to understand and drive the change towards a culture of shared ownership. This is something very clear at USDA and one of the reasons why they are at a higher level of maturity in their strategic partnership. The second element is knowledge. The BRM Institute provides plenty of resources for organizations to use. The BRM team at USDA follow the BRM Institute Playbook and the Book of Knowledge. They use the guidelines and the tools to the point of holding their BRMs accountable for following this mandatory guidance.