What organization could be larger than the US Federal government? Not only that, the chance to transform how software is done in the government has perhaps one of the largest possible impacts of transforming any “IT department.” In this episode, Matt and Coté talk with Diego Lapiduz who works in the GSA’s 18F organization helping government agencies develop their software in new, more agile and cloud-driven ways. We discuss the background of 18F and the broader government initiatives to transform how software is done and also walk through some of the learnings 18F has had in trying to make such a huge transformation.
Show-notes and Links
- Hiring is the biggest problem around government processes.
- To build empathy and different teams working together, try to tackle a common goal.
- Building credibly by demonstrating that your method works.
- The Ugly Baby Problem – winning over people who think they’re already doing it right.
- Measuring success.
- 18F in github. github.com/18F and 18f.gsa.gov.
- Examples of project: NotAlone.gov, The College Score Card.
- Explaining “failing fast” in government. People start to understand it as they have more experience.
- How open source is helpful here, how non-government folks get involved and contribute to the open source projects.
- Diego’s recent talk at the Cloud Foundry Summit 2014.
- As more background on IT change in the government, check out this overview from Mikey Dickerson at OSCON 2015.
- Diego Lapiduz: @dlapiduz
- Matt Curry: @mattjcurry
- Coté: @cote, cote.io