Simple Founding Principles for Driving Change

DJ Patil’s White House Memo

I spent a few years working at 18F/General Services Administration and I’ve run our local Code For America brigade in Dayton, Ohio. I believe in the power of civic tech – using technology to solve problems for our community.

I’ve moved away from that space in the last few years, but I still come back to the memo DJ Patil wrote as the Chief Data Scientist in the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Dream in years.
Plan in months.
Evaluate in weeks.
Ship daily.

Shipping is hard to do. I’ve been sitting on this post for more than a week now. I have a terrible time of actually hitting the publish button.

The last two questions really get to me.

What’s required to cut the timeline in 1/2?
What needs to be done to double the impact?

These questions are imperative in the civic tech space. Government timelines are long; the programs have massive reach. They apply just as much to our own projects.

What could you do to cut a timeline in half? Or double your impact?

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