Friday, June 30, 2017

Walk & Talk: DevOps at the state and motorcycles

I snagged a few minutes with Milo Knezevic in this DTO Walk & Talk. Milo’s actual title is "Program Manager," but his real function is the State of Colorado's DevOps Guru. Over the past several months, under Milo's lead, what were buzzwords being thrown around in cafe and hallway conversations have become a reality. Milo took the lead to bring DevOps to Colorado OIT. In doing so, he has convened a cross-functional team, has conducted DevOps training, ran exercises to refine our process and put a structure around DevOps to fundamentally change "how" government works.... which is a Herculean task to undertake inside the complex admin layers of traditional government development habits.

Milo stares down complex tradition and says "Nope. We can do this better." It is not just an evolutionary leap -- it is a revolution and one I am proud to be a small part of.

Keep pushing, Milo. You got a whole team here that believes in what you are doing and happy to pitch in and support.

Learn more about what Milo does at the state -- and his love of motorcycles!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Windy walking with Enterprise Salesforce Administrator Craig Fuller

As we mentioned yesterday, we are getting caught up on a few older Walk & Talks in light of a fun partnership between StateScoop and OIT to share this Digital Transformation series with a wider audience.

So next up is this windy, less-than-optimal audio quality (you can handle it we promise) Walk & Talk with Enterprise Salesforce Administrator/Senior Developer Craig Fuller. Craig talks OIT governance of Salesforce, current efforts around rolling out Salesforce's new improved user experience "Lightning" program, and opportunities that will provide for state projects and programs. Watch the walk!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hangouts and a bag for this Walk & Talk

Fun chat with OIT’s Digital Media Manager, Kevin Ruby. Kevin is lead on our efforts across the state to help agencies and programs use new technologies and techniques to highlight their programs online. From managing OIT's Twitter (@oitcolorado) and Facebook accounts, running YouTube Live events (recent example? State of Colorado's Geo-spatial Information Systems (GIS) 2017 Summit livestream from last month), teaching users how to host their own streams in YouTube, improving meeting efficiency using Google Hangouts, and supporting how we are creating options for mobile and remote work environments, Kevin is continuously pushing.

He also helps manage a cool pilot program we started called "Hangouts in a Bag," where we provide backpacks that that be be checked out by any staff member. Each bag contain conference room mics, HD cameras and chromebook laptops. The goal is to remove the technical obstacles to bring any meeting, anywhere, online. Kevin provides the training to anyone interested on how to do it. Plus, Kevin is funny and cool.

Watch my interview with Kevin and learn more>>

Curious about the Hangouts in a Bag? Nothing super-complicated. For locations that we don't anticipate wifi or hardline being available, we also provide mifi hotspots to check out.

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.