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Transforming Government Technology though Agile Software Development

The debacle over the healthcare.gov website has brought to light the significant problems with how government technology is currently built and its need for reform.

The New York Times recently posted two editorials, Why the Government Never Gets Tech Right and Getting Government Technology Right Interestingly, both point to the same solution:

Ian Rhett speaking at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Congratulations Ben Kallos - Taking Civic Action Seriously

We're extremely proud that one of our engineering team members, Benjamin Kallos, has won the District 5 race for City Council in New York City by a landslide. District 5 is the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, and also happens to be my birthplace and many years later, location of a former residence of mine.

At CivicActions, we want to have a positive impact in changing the world.

Ian Rhett speaking at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference

The Agile Estate Sale

As happens in families, my father recently passed from his physical form and left a projection of his aesthetic preferences and a highly detailed and documented archive of his life in his townhome apartment. And, as happens in families, the surviving family members agreed to hold an estate sale to keep the family heirlooms but to liquidate the rest, which invoked the necessity for an estate sale, which became my responsibility to manage.

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Distributed Agile Teams - A reminder to make it great

During the talks I have attended at Agile Denver, Mile High Agile, and Agile 2013 I’ve noticed that distributed teams tend to be dismissed.  In one session description at Agile 2013, distributed teams is called out as one of the “practices that don’t help” .  In another, distributed development is described as a “presumed threat” to Agile adoption.

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Module Development in Drupal 8

I spent a couple of hours today doing something that I've been wanting to do for a while now, but just hadn't made the time -- going through the changelog for drupal 8, and seeing if I could port a few custom modules from D7 to D8. I thought I'd share what I've learned thus far. As an example, let's take a look at this simple D7 module (that really does nothing other than serve as a nice example for this blog post) called 'test'.

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Brainstorming and Prioritizing with Trello

We are a distributed company, we do our work from all over the world. This lack of colocation makes it hard to use standard Agile tools like sticky notes and dot voting to collaborate.

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Improving our Agile Practice

One of the principles behind the Agile Manifesto is “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly”.

Ian Rhett speaking at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Youthbuild USA in the news

We love it when clients make the news. Today the Huffington Post ran a story on YouthBuild USA's impact with giving opportunities to at-risk youth. We helped them migrate from Kintera Sphere/Blackbaud to Drupal & CiviCRM. GO OPEN SOURCE and congratulations YouthBuild! http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/jamiel-alexander-youth-build_n_...
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CiviCRM and Drupal Commons

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FosterClub, the national network for young people in foster care, is upgrading their Drupal 5 site to a Drupal 7/Commons distribution. In addition, to better manage the activities of their youth, caregivers, child welfare professionals and other concerned citizens, the site will include CiviCRM as a backend 'database' for member tracking, event coordination, mailings and more. The contributed module described here helps CiviCRM play nice with Commons' extended user profiles.

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