May 5, 2016    /    by ,

Big Bang, Agile or a Mix of Both?

BALTIMORE — While some in government point to instances where major system deployments are best completed using traditional waterfall development practices, the approach has its critics. Technology deemed suitable at a project’s outset can be archaic by the time roll-out nears. Emphasis on meeting a final delivery deadline for a massive project can limit time and attention on needed course corrections along the way, not to mention encourage a disconnect between the deployment team and the line of business the project was intended to serve.

At the NASCIO Midyear Conference this week, we talked to several CIOs whose agencies are experimenting with agile development methods not only at the department level, but for enterprise-wide projects as well.

In the state of Washington, CIO Michael Cockrill says agile development is cropping up all over the state, but not in the way you might think:

And in Delaware, CIO James Collins says his state is using agile development techniques to release new services more quickly, including an upgrade to the state’s one-stop portal for businesses:

In Missouri's transition to agile, CIO Rich Kliethermes notes the importance of both methodology and mindset:

And in Ohio, CIO Stu Davis says agile software development is improving engagement between IT staff and business users, producing better solutions and services:

May 5, 2016    /    by

This Week in Civic Tech: GSA Restructures to Protect Tech Programs, Can Big Data Be Biased?

GSA Restructures to Shelter Tech Programs

May 5, 2016    /    by

Martin O'Malley Joins MetroLab Network as National Advisor

The group announced the morning of May 5 that O’Malley will become a senior fellow with the group, which will first involve building an advisory committee to help connect the knowledge gleaned from city-university partnerships all around the country. The partnerships are aimed at not only developing technology that can help government work better, but sharing that knowledge so other cities can quickly adopt successful ideas. READ MORE
May 4, 2016    /    by ,

Collaborators in Chief Share Successes at NASCIO

May 3, 2016    /    by

New Mexico's Preventive Analytics Strategy Keeps Unemployment Insurance Fraud at Bay

When the department sat down to strategize how to improve overwhelming fraud and overpayment rates, officials realized that about 95 percent of payment issues were traced back to smaller, procedural issues related to customer communications regarding work search, earnings and separation issues. And predictive analytics was a solution that met many of their needs, said Deputy Cabinet Secretary Joy Forehand. READ MORE
April 29, 2016    /    by

New Jersey Takes Consolidated, Fusion Center-Style Approach to Cybersecurity

New Jersey is perhaps best known for the “Parkway” and former presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Christie. But some might argue that it should be getting attention for its novel fusion center approach to cybersecurity. READ MORE