Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Walk & Talk expansion: Your turn!

We recently had a chance to talk with Jake Williams (@JakeWilliamsDC) at StateScoop and are teaming up to relay some of our Walk & Talks on their channels.

In talking with Jake, it was clear that we're all pushing in the same direction, with the same questions, with curiosities and desires to know more about not only WHAT our colleagues across government in IT/govtech are doing, but also WHO they are. We hope to use some of these new tools and videos to create opportunities to encourage others to go low-band and pick up a phone or take a walk to interview their own colleagues. Selfishly, I am also super curious to find out how others are pursuing the "making it better than we found it" government life. And instead of sitting and watching canned presentations I want to learn about the day-to-day efforts.

In this week's episode, I catch up with our OIT Chief Communications Officer, Tauna Lockhart. Tauna heads up team of five comms staff that do everything from press releases, internal comms, audio/video support, reports, web and content design and more.

Additionally, Tauna is also engaged in a growing project we have here in Colorado with CareerWise Colorado. CareerWise's mission is to create opportunities for youth and businesses across Colorado by developing and supporting an innovative, sustainable youth apprenticeship program. We have had, on our Google Team here at OIT, an opportunity to work closely with STEM students and are in our third year of hosting high schoolers as interns with our team. I benefited from mentors and opportunities I was given by people who cared enough to help guide me, and I am energized to see us working to making that a norm for more and more students in Colorado for public service pathways.

Look for our Walk & Talks on StateScoop soon, and get ready to submit your own!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Opening those data doors

Another beautiful Colorado day, another Digital Transformation Walk & Talk!

Digital Transformation Officer Brandon Williams (@bwwilliams) gets to talking with State of Colorado's Chief Data Officer Jon Gottsegen. Hear about how Jon is encouraging the augmentation of machine-readable data in the Colorado Information Marketplace, building out the State's geospatial library, and mapping out a plan for agency datasets.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Walking, talking, user experience

Today was a beautiful day for our next Walk & Talk. Digital Transformation Officer Brandon Williams (@bwwilliams) chats with User Experience Manager Jacq Pyun. Here's a snippet:

So, how do you really change government? You take a new job -- one that has never been done in the State -- and you run with it like you stole it, engaging with programs, with agencies, forcing both staff and users to try new approaches (such as wire framing, iterating dev changes, understanding user expectations, etc) and question processes and assumptions. That is EXACTLY what Jacq is doing at the State. Moreover, she's doing it with a smile and infectious enthusiasm.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Time for another walk around the block: OIT Business Manager Kim Chau

Digital Transformation Officer Brandon Williams (@bwwilliams) is at it again -- this time taking a stroll with one our business managers Kim Chau. Take a look at this month's Walk & Talk, and let us know what you think!