Agile government involves making educated decisions to solve the problems that confront both government agencies and their constituents quickly. To do this, you must be able to gather as much information as possible in a short timeframe, execute a plan of action and produce short-term value-added deliverables. But with this process comes the recognition that information may not be perfect and data may be flawed. An agile government is proactive, rather than reactive, adjusting its strategy along the way. In addition, it solicits input from citizens, communicates project-related data openly and identifies/corrects errors in real-time. While this is all possible, how do you get there when the current and traditional government structure is mired in bureaucracy and hierarchy? And what is the right balance of better tools, knowledgeable employees, improved processes, and across the board adoption to make agile government work? This session will show examples of agile government in action, discuss common problems and pitfalls, and illustrate how one city agency is embracing this new way of working.
Bryan Sivak was appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on October 13, 2009 to the Cabinet post of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the District of Columbia. As CTO, Sivak leads the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), an organization of more than 500 staff that provides technology services and leadership for 86 agencies, 38,000 employees, residents, businesses and millions of visitors.
Sivak has over 15 years of experience in building software and internet technologies and organizations. In 2002, he founded and developed InQuira, Inc., a multi-national technology solutions company whose products are used at top private and public sector organizations including Bank of America, UK Ministry of Defence, Nokia and T-Mobile. During his tenure, he oversaw every aspect of the business from design and development of the product to sales, marketing and management activities relating to the overall execution of InQuira’s business plan and growth of the company. In 2005, he moved to London and opened the European office of the company, which he grew from zero to 30% of the company’s revenue in four years.
Prior to his work with InQira, Sivak founded Electric Knowledge LLC, which provided the world’s first Natural Language Search engine available on the web. The company’s customers included Bank of America and Fidelity Investments and several others. Electric Knowledge eventually merged with Answerfriend, which was the basis for the formation of InQuira.
Sivak holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.
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