Tried & True: Things other agencies do successfully that are worth knowing about and copying

07/22/2015 - 11:15-07/22/2015 - 12:00
Session Track: 

Business and Strategy

The purpose of this track is two-fold - one angle helps you to understand the advantages of Drupal from an organizational leadership angle and the other is to highlight the great Drupal sites and projects you're working on and to show what's possible. These sessions are business focused, and will be non-technical.


Successful innovators steal most of their best ideas from someone else. Innovation isn’t about figuring out everything yourself. If every government agency copies 99% of their good ideas from some similar agency who has already demonstrated success, and then adds a single new twist on top, I’m certain government can be a bastion of innovation. Instead, most IT projects spend huge amounts of time and energy reinventing wheels and solving solved problems. By the time an opportunity presents itself to innovate or add the extra ounce of effort it takes to share a great innovation with the world, most teams are exhausted, out of time, and over budget. Let’s end this.

If you are an innovator or an aspiring innovator, please come to this session. I have collected great nuggets of insight from successful government agencies and enterprise Drupal users. I want to share these with you (and find out if you have any more you can share with me).

Topics we’ll touch on include:

  • Drupal 101s
  • GitHub 101s
  • Application architecture
  • Tech team management (in-house, consultants, and community)
  • Code management
  • Stakeholder engagement

Recommendations in this presentation will be backed by real statistics and references to specific government projects and large scale Drupal implementations.