Category: Government websites

Humility Increases the Value of Agile Retrospectives

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One of the most valuable rituals of agile develpment is the retrospective. The retrospective is an event that occurs after the release of completed work or between a set of work sprints where everybody stops, takes measure of what has been completed, celebrates what is working well with the team, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, identifies what … Continued

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Website Design Services for Government Agencies and Nonprofit Organizations

        Filed under: Government websites, Web Design

Website design has evolved into a sophisticated art form backed by data-driven science.  The graphical skills and thinking that used to work for static prints, flyers, and advertisements are simply inadequate for interactive user interfaces (UI) performed on a variety of device types, sizes, browsers, and connection speeds. To provide effective user experiences (UX), particularly … Continued


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What I heard at the Procurement Academy

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Falls Church, Virginia – The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is holding a series of free seminars around the subject of Procurement and Marketing to federal, state, and local government agencies.  The title of this particularly procurement academy workshop was called, “Marketing and Selling to the Federal Government”.  These are my notes: Speakers: Sharon Jones, Director … Continued

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Best Government Websites: Arkansas.gov

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The government website for the state of Arkansas took User Centered Design (UCD) to another level with its Best of the Web award winning website.  This is what I like about Arkansas.gov: They clearly identified and segmented their target audiences: Parents & Families, Citizens, Business Owners, State Employees They created a modern, visually pleasing, aesthetic … Continued

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Alabama.gov great government web design

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Government websites are not known for their beauty, style, or elegance.  But Alabama.gov demonstrates that government websites do not have to look dull, boring, and ugly.  On the contrary, the Alabama website is quite the opposite – just like it’s tagline: Be Bold. Government websites have strict standards that most commercial websites are not constrained … Continued

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Drug Side Effects: An agile prototype

        Filed under: Agile development, Government websites, GSA 18F group

WASHINGTON, DC In June 2015, a new type of Request for Quotation (RFQ) came out from the federal government from a group called 18F.  Instead of lengthy proposals from prospective vendors, 18F asked in its Agile Delivery BPA RFQ for a prototype.  The mission was to built a prototype based on a public dataset and … Continued

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How to switch Drupal distributions in an existing website

        Filed under: Agile development, Government websites, How to

Drupal distributions provide site features and functions for a specific type of site as a single download containing Drupal core, modules, themes, and pre-defined configuration. They make it possible to quickly set up a complex, use-specific site in fewer steps than if installing and configuring all those elements individually. Switching Drupal profiles in an existing … Continued

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Bad news for Drupal 6 users: PHP unsupports the 5.4 branch

        Filed under: Government websites

PHP announced last year that the version 5.4 is going to be unsupported. That represents a problem for Drupal 6 users, because Drupal 6 may produce errors or unexpected behavior with a PHP version higher than 5.4. Given that announcement, it’s expected that soon, hosting companies will discontinue support of PHP 5.4, which means that Drupal 6 users will need to … Continued

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What does it mean to be Agile?

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The word “agile” seems ubiquitous.  I hear people talk about it all the time and see “agile” written in requests for proposals (RFPs). In fact, just this week I saw a draft RFP for Agile Services with an estimated value of $100 million.  Needless to say, agile is in high demand.  It’s worth a lot if you know how to do … Continued

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Luis Cuellar wins NASA Group Achievement Award for TechPort

        Filed under: Agile development, Government websites

WASHINGTON, DC – NASA headquarters; December 8, 2015. We want to congratulate our own Luis Cuellar of Agileana for his contribution to the NASA Group Achievement Award to the TechPort Development Team (consisting of employees and contractors from NASA, ARES Corporation, REI Systems, Tauri Group, inQbation dba Agileana) for innovative and outstanding development of TechPort, … Continued

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Best government websites

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  Fortunately for the citizens and taxpayers of this country, we are starting to see government websites that look and work as beautiful and effective as their non-goverment counterparts.  Just because it is a government website and has to comply with Section 508 for accessibility and be compatible with Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE8) doesn’t mean … Continued

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