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And on that farm he had a cat… #cfasummit

Posted by smathermather on November 4, 2013

Two of the sets of conversations I really enjoyed at the CfA Summit in the 3rd day unconference were on the topic of Chief level technology positions, from Chief Innovation Officers to Chief Technology Officers to Chief Information Officers.  It was interesting to hear others’ interests, frustrations with both ends of recruitment, and the realization that there wasn’t a central repository for such position descriptions available.  So with the help of people in those sessions plus a few people after the Summit, I started a little repo to centralize the PDs and other relevant info for C*O tech positions.

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From the repo:

“A number of C-level technology related positions have been created in local governance in the last few years, from traditional Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer, to newer descriptions including Chief Data Officer, Chief Innovation Officer and others. This repo is meant as a source of C*O position descriptions and other relevant information for the creation of these leadership tech position in the civic sector.”

https://github.com/smathermather/EIEIO

A number of people have been involved in the discussion, including the following folks at the Summit:

Steve Allen, David Burns, Jennifer Anastasoff, Matthew Barron, Noel Hidalgo, Brian Chatman, Zachary Vruwink, Jake Levitas (and a couple I unfortunately forgot the names of…)

as well as a number of people who weighed in post-Summit, including: Jonathan Reichental, Bill Haight, Deborah Acosta, Yiaway Yeh, Vakil Kuner, Mark Headd, and of course, CfA’s own Abhi Nemani.

If anything is wrong in the repo, I take credit.  Anything right?  Check the above list of names.  Oh, and fork it, so I’m not the only one being wrong… .

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Favorite Slide, #cfasummit

Posted by smathermather on October 22, 2013

So, if I had to choose one iconic slide from the CfASummit (and I do as I really need to catch up on sleep, so long posts will wait until the end of the week) this would be it presented by our illustrious MC (David Eaves) for the event:

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The gist of the slide is that CfA has gone from the simple website/front end design overhaul within governance to addressing rules, processes, and culture, and is aiming for the root of the government stack, processes of procurement and their impact on tech in government, and establishing and “open by default” culture for governance.

There are three things I like about this diagram:  the analogy of government and software stack, the idea that these changes are part of a culture of “play” (which by the way is a wonderful encapsulation for the process of experimentation and learning taking place), and finally that the plan is to address through thought leadership and practical solutions underlying issues of procurement and culture that are at the root of the disconnect between government and technology.

Speaking of government, technology, and procurement, it’s refreshing how on-point the media that I have caught on healthcare.gov is.  Nice that this has moved from a niche issue to something that is being commonly discussed.

Finally, a quick link to my only (and humble and nacent) post on open government:  https://smathermather.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/architecture-of-an-open-data-initiative-fed-style/

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