How Agile Is Ushering Millennials into IT in Nebraska

Through a partnership with a local college, a group of young tech professionals is running the state’s enterprise content management system and building the future state workforce in the process.

by / April 24, 2017
Ed Toner, CIO, Nebraska David Kidd/Government Technology

ARLINGTON, Va. — At the NASCIO Midyear conference in Arlington, Va., on Monday, April 24, agile development was on the agenda in a big way. Identified as a top 10 priority for 2017 for the organization, the incremental delivery strategy is bringing a pretty significant side benefit to the workforce in the state of Nebraska, according to CIO Ed Toner. Turns out agile is the preferred development strategy for millennials — a demographic CIOs are anxious to incorporate into their workforces. 

When Toner needs a little inspiration, he told Government Technology, he visits the team of millennials working on the state's enterprise content management system on the floor below the CIO's office. They've logged 20,000 hours of development time to date, Toner reports, and they're excited about the opportunities working for the state has provided them. So much so that now they circle back to Southeast Community College to encourage others to join them. 

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